07:00 Saturday 01 February 2014

Gary Alexander signing completes Burton Albion's attacking options: Rowett

Written byDOM MILLS

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BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett believes he now has every possible type of striker at his disposal following the free transfer of Gary Alexander from League One Crawley Town yesterday.

Alexander, 34, has signed on a permanent deal until the end of the season but could stay beyond the summer.

“We have needed someone who can play as a target man, who can be a threat in the box, retain the ball for us and get us up the pitch,” said Rowett.

“He has fantastic experience which with the big games ahead is going to be crucial. He has experienced that type of pressure.”

Alexander scored five goals in 26 appearances for Crawley this season, and will be in today’s Albion squad for the clash with Exeter City at the Pirelli Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

“There’s much more to his game than just being a target man,” said Rowett.

“He’s been a really good striker throughout his career.

“He’s got a good goalscoring record and scores the type of goals we’ve not been getting.

“I think we have got some terrific strikers. I now think we’ve got every type of striker.”

Alexander’s contract with Crawley was due to expire at the end of the current season, and Rowett paid tribute to his new striker’s former club.

He said: “Crawley have been excellent.

They’ve allowed him to join with a view to seeing if there could be something longer term.

“That was very very good of them.

“It also shows what type of player Gary Alexander is. He wants to play a part in a team challenging for promotion.”

Rowett was still working last night towards bringing in another unnamed player.

The Brewers boss said: “I am pleased with how it (the January transfer window) has gone so far.

“I still think hopefully, by the end of the day (yesterday), there might be one or two bits of movement.

“I’m still hoping to bring another player in of quality.

“But if nothing else happens bar the Alexander signing I will still be very happy.”

Alexander began his career at Premier League side West Ham United before moving to Exeter City on loan. Other clubs include Swindon Town, Hull City, Leyton Orient and Millwall.

Crawley boss John Gregory describes Alexander as a “fantastic professional”.

He said: “Gary was out of contract here at the end of the season and going to Burton gives him an opportunity to impress up at a club trying to win promotion into League One.

“At this stage of his career he is looking for stability and we wish him all the very best.

“During my time as manager he has been a fantastic professional and great presence in the dressing room and I’m sure I speak for my predecessors in that regard as well.”

Alexander experienced the highs of promotion with Crawley – and is now targeting League One football with the Brewers.

“I have had two great years at Crawley and winning promotion was one of the highlights of my career,” said Alexander. ”It is a fantastic club and I will miss everyone here including the other lads and of course the fans.

“All being well I can help Burton get promoted and we’ll have another look at things in the summer. But I’d like to wish everyone at Crawley all the best.”

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