BURTON Albion boss Gary Rowett has opened talks with goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson and striker Matt Paterson about extending their contracts at the Pirelli Stadium.
The pair are both on short-term deals which run out in January — but they have already done enough to convince Rowett he should try to keep them at the club.
The Brewers boss said: “Stuart and Matt have both done extremely well with us and I’ve already sat down with them to talk about extending their deals.”
Former Port Vale stopper Tomlinson has been a model of consistency since taking over between the posts from Derby County loanee Ross Atkins five weeks ago, while Paterson has increased Rowett’s options in attack.
Rowett said: “The talks with both players are on-going the moment, but they have both indicated they would be happy to stay for longer.”
Tomlinson — an Albion loan signing during his Crewe Alexandra days — was picked up as a free agent after deciding to quit Port Vale, for whom in made 74 appearances.
“Stuart fits the bill in the terms of his size, strength and ability to deal with the ball under pressure,” said Rowett.
“He’s done great for us and the biggest testament I can pay him is to sit him down and talk about a new deal even though his present one still has more than two months to run.”
Rowett is also delighted with Paterson’s contribution after rescuing a career that had hit the buffers after a promising start with Southampton in the Premier League.
The Scot fell out of favour at Southend United and had to endure spells on loan to Stockport County, Hamilton Academicals and Forest Green Rovers.
Rowett took him on trial in the summer, primarily to provide cover because of concerns about the fitness of main strikers Calvin Zola and Billy Kee.
Paterson made the most of the opportunity to kick-start his career and scored a stunning winner on his full League Two debut for the Brewers at Rochdale.
The 22-year-old was also on target in the 3-1 defeat of York City at the Pirelli Stadium and has so far made eight starts in all competitions.
Rowett said: “Patto came in with four strikers ahead of him, but we saw qualities there that we wanted to bring out of him.
“He leapfrogged one or two quite quickly and had a good partnership going until Calvin picked a hamstring injury.
“He dropped to the bench on Saturday but he’ll get more opportunities because he’s a clever player who has a good appetite for the game.”