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Rowett to eye quartet in friendly at Moor Farm

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett will run the rule over a group of trialists against Derby County today.

Rowett has lined up two centre-halves and two forwards for a run out against the Rams in a private friendly at the Championship club’s Moor Farm training ground.

The Brewers boss declined to reveal the names but said the quartet included two players from above League Two level, a non-leaguer and a player from overseas.

Rowett said: “I don’t think it’s right for me to name names at the moment, especially those of players who are currently contracted to other clubs.

“At the moment we’re just seeing the game against Derby as an opportunity to have a look at a few players who might fit the bill with us.

“We were looking for a game for that reason and (Rams boss) Nigel Clough asked if we fancied going over there.

“I imagine he’s probably thinking along the same lines and sees it as an opportunity to have a look at a few trialists.”

Rowett has already made Manchester City starlet Adam Drury his first signing of 2013.

The  winger joined on a month’s loan last week and made his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Leicester City.

Rowett is keen to make more signings to bring up the squad numbers at the Pirelli Stadium with defender Andy Corbett and striker Justin Richards on loan at Hereford United and Oxford United respectively.

ALBION’S League Two game at home to Barnet will not be switched from its original date of January 26 — the day that Derby County host Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round the the FA Cup.

Albion usually  change home games that clash with matches at Pride Park to Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons because of the clubs’ shared stewarding arrangements.

However, the Brewers have announced they will organise separate stewarding to ensure the Barnet game takes place as scheduled.

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