GARY Rowett is unlikely to add another defender to his Burton Albion squad – unless he can find a signing of Adam McGurk’s quality.
The Brewers boss had thought of bringing in another centre-half, with ex-Norwich City man Michael Spillane on trial this week at the Pirelli Stadium.
But Rowett has decided to stick with what he has, as long as a top drawer signing does not come out of the woodwork.
“If we stumble across someone of Adam McGurk’s quality who will improve us as a team I wouldn’t hesistate to sign him,” said the Brewers boss, who pulled off a coup in signing the ex-Tranmere Rovers winger last week.
“But I need to be careful not to get another player in, only for him to not get in the team and end up on the sidelines.
“Also, once you bring a player in who’s going to go straight into your team, someone is going to go straight out.
“This season it’s going to be harder to keep everyone happy – but we’ve got a stronger squad and people are going to have to play well to stay in the team.”
Rowett has Zander Diamond, Ian Sharps, Marcus Holness and Phil Edwards vying for two spots at centre-half, with youngster Liam Slade also making rapid progress after signing his first professional deal at the Pirelli.
Albion were linked with another season-long loan move for Anthony O’Connor, who played every game last season for the Brewers.
Rowett is still a big admirer of the 20-year-old, but with Rory Delap and Phil Edwards in his squad, he has at present ruled out a move for the young Blackburn Rovers prospect.
“There’s the potential to get Anthony back, but the right-back area is covered,” he said.
“I know he prefers to play at centre-back, and I’m sure he’ll do very well there, but because we didn’t see him at centre-back it’s a bit of a gamble to take him, even though I think he’s a terrific player.”
The Brewers visit Fleetwood Town today, kick-off 3pm - their third tough away clash after visits to Cheltenham Town on the opening day and Sheffield United in the League Cup.
“It’s going to be a difficult one,” said Rowett. “After Cheltenham, throwing Sheffield United into the mix and Rochdale at home, it’s been four tough matches.
“It’s testament to the squad how well we’ve done in the first three.
“If we can add another result it’ll put us in really good spirits.
“But if we don’t, we’ll take in on the chin and move on because it isn’t the end of the world.”