BURTON Albion have tied up a double loan deal that will see Shane Cansdell-Sherriff stay until the end of the season and Benji Siegrist remain for another month.
Centre-half Cansdell-Sherriff has been outstanding since joining the Brewers on a 93-day emergency loan from Preston North End at the end of September.
He has played 15 games in League Two and two in the FA Cup – with Albion keeping nine clean sheets in that time.
His loan is due to start tomorrow – when the transfer window opens – and will run until May, when the Australian is expected to sign permanently at the Pirelli Stadium.
Albion boss Gary Rowett said: : “We’ve now got Shane until the end of the season and that will automatically be extended to the play-offs should we get there.
“There might be an opportunity for us to do something permanent, but I think for now the obvious thing is to extend it.
“Shane is someone we wanted to keep since he has been here.
“From a defensive point of view he is our only naturally left-sided centre-back and he gives us that balance in defence and has done a great job since he has been here.
“Shane is a typical Aussie, he just wants to work hard and he has fitted in really well with all the players.
““We now have four top class centre-backs all competing for a place and that is something you need in this league.”
Cansdell-Sherriff and Ian Sharps have renewed the excellent partnership they enjoyed together for Shrewsbury Town and have become the rock on which Albion’s promotion tilt is being built.
With Zander Diamond and Marcus Holness as back-up, the Brewers have now got arguably the strongest centre-half department in the division.
Aston Villa keeper Siegrist, who came in after Jordan Pickford returned to Sunderland, has been an unused substitute due to Dean Lyness’ form.
Said Rowett: “I know we haven’t had an opportunity to see him yet but I believe he’s got a real talent and at some point he might get an opportunity, but Deano’s done really well so far.
“Benji has massive potential and it is only because of Dean’s form and the team’s results that he hasn’t got his chance yet.
“I think he has really enjoyed working with (goalkeeping coach) Kevin Poole and it has been great for his development.
“He is there waiting for his chance should it come his way and he will be able to show us all what we know he can do.
“At the moment he is keeping Dean on his toes and that’s why we’ve extended it for another month.”
Meanwhile, there could be departures as the January window opens, with midfielder Jack Dyer likely to join Conference promotion-chasers Kidderminster Harriers.
“There are two or three of the squad who need to go out and play games, too,” said Rowett. “I think Jack Dyer will probably got to Kidderminster for a month.
“He’ll get an opportunity to play games.
“It’s important we keep players as sharp as we can and look two months down the line rather than next week and make sure we’ve got a fully fit squad all ready to come in and have an effect.”
A year ago, Rowett signed Sharps, Alex MacDonald and Michael Symes on loan, with all three having a big impact as Burton sealed a play-off place. The trio later joined the club permanently
The manager is now looking for a similar injection of new blood with Albion sitting in third spot ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Mansfield Town, kick-off 3pm.
“Again we’ve got to look at January,” he said. “It’s easy to leave it alone at the moment, but I still think we’ll do what we did last year and try to kick on with two or three.”