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STRIKER SIGNS FOR BREWERS

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 14, 2003

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NIGEL Clough has snapped up Nuneaton Borough's Andrew Corbett to boost his depleted Burton Albion strike force.

Albion have paid a "nominal" fee for the 23-year-old former Kidderminster Harriers player, who goes straight into the squad for tonight's Conference clash with Halifax Town at Eton Park, kick off 7.45pm.

Corbett has been signed primarily to provide cover for main strikers Robbie Talbot and Dale Anderson, but can also operate in a wide midfield position.

Clough told Mail Sport today: "Andrew is a young lad with something to prove after being released by Kidderminster and he should help us out in the forward department."

Anderson and Talbot are Albion's only recognised strikers following the sale of Ryan Sugden and Christian Moore to Morecambe and Telford for a combined fee of £31,000.

Said Clough: "We're very happy with Dale and Robbie, but we needed to add to the squad someone not only capable of covering for them, but who can also challenge them.

"Andrew is a player we have been aware of for some time and, age-wise, he's just right for us because we've already got plenty of experience in the squad.

"We think he's a good addition who is young enough to improve and develop."

Worcester-born Corbett spent nearly three years with Kidderminster and was given a taste of league football during Jan Molby's first spell in charge at Aggborough.

He then had a year on loan to Solihull Borough before linking up with Nuneaton, for whom he has scored five goals in the Dr Martens Premier Division this season.

Corbett, who has signed a contract for the rest of this season with a one-year option, is the third former Kidderminster player now on Albion's books, along with Andy Ducros and Adam Willis.

As well as long-term casualties Ian Wright and Craig Dudley, Albion are also without Steve Chettle, Lee Colkin and Andy Sinton due to injury, while Terry Henshaw has not been considered on compassionate grounds following the death of his mother.

Darren Wassall has recovered from flu, however, and Colin Hoyle – ineligible for the FA Cup win at Torquay – is added to the squad.

ALBION FROM: Duke, Hoyle, Wassall, Willis, Webster, Williams, Stride, Kirkwood, Clough, Howard, Ducros, Anderson, Talbot, Corbett, Robinson, Crosby.

MATCH preview – Page 55.

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