SHANE Cansdell-Sherriff wants Burton Albion to go one better next season after he signed a two-year deal at the Pirelli Stadium.
The 31-year-old centre-half became Gary Rowett’s first signing of the summer when he put pen to paper this week.
His signing followed a successful loan spell with the Brewers this season, where he was a vital cog in the side which reached Wembley, only to lose 1-0 to Fleetwood in the League Two play-off final.
“I’m delighted to be here,” said the former Shrewsbury and Tranmere defender. “I’ve loved it from the start and the team have been great to be around.
“The idea now is to go one step better and get promotion.”
Cansdell-Sherriff played 36 games in all competitions for Albion this season and they conceded just 24 goals when he played, with his partnership at the back with Ian Sharps crucial in what the club achieved.
The duo played together at Shrewsbury with solid success and will be together again next season after Sharps’ contract was extended by another year.
Cansdell-Sherriff is delighted to have got a two-year deal – and is happy to be wanted after his release by League One Preston North End.
“It’s nice to be wanted and appreciated,” he said. “Football is a fickle world and it’s about opinions - when a manager changes the new one might not like you for whatever reason.
“I’m delighted to be at Burton for two years - it’s great to have that security and be able to pay the club back for the commitment they’ve shown to me.”
Cansdell-Sherriff, from Sydney, Australia, was very disappointed to lose at Wembley on Monday - but is trying to look positively on the result ahead of next season.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It’s hard because after a long season you want the reward - and promotion is the reward.
“So, it’s really disappointing when it doesn’t go your way. But at the same time you’ve got to take the positives out of it and build on it for next season.
“That’s what we’re going to do and hopefully we can go a step further.”