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Phil Edwards reckons Burton Albion only need a few additions to challenge for automatic promotion

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 13, 2014

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PHIL Edwards says Burton Albion only need to make a total of “three or four” additions to be capable of challenging for automatic promotion next season.

The Brewers reached the final of the League Two play-offs, but lost 1-0 to Fleetwood Town at Wembley.

In the three weeks since the final, manager Gary Rowett has moved quickly to tie down some of his key players – Edwards included – to new deals.

He has also completed the permanent signings of loan star Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, midfielder John Mousinho and young defender George Taft, with a deal currently being discussed with winger Lucas Akins.

And Edwards insists the team are keen to go one step further.

“Everyone was obviously devastated and gutted, and it was a cruel way to lose, but I was proud of our achievement,” he said.

“We can take the positives from the game in that although we weren’t great in the first half, we improved after the break.

“We will come back stronger and go again next year.

“The gaffer told us to keep that hurt and push on again.

“You could see we weren’t overawed by the occasion as we conceded that goal and then threw everything forward.”

Some players have left the club, but Edwards does not see the need for a drastic overhaul of the squad in order to challenge for promotion again.

“In the next couple of weeks, there will be new signings,” he said.

“The gaffer will look at areas we struggled in last season, like up front, where we didn’t score many goals.

“And we’re a bit light in wide areas now with Zeli (Ismail) and Ashley (Hemmings) going back to their parent clubs.

“I don’t think the squad needs that much doing to it really.

“If we can get three or four bodies in then we can go for automatic promotion next year.”

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