GARY Rowett will only move for a striker if it is the right deal for Burton Albion – both in the short-term and beyond the end of the current season.
The Brewers boss will not mortgage the club’s future on a make-or-break bid to win promotion to League One on the final day of the January transfer window.
Any player coming in permanently will have to be the right fit for the club – and will not be a rushed buy with only this season in mind.
“We’re not the sort of club who will gamble everything on getting promotion by signing a player,” Rowett said last night.
“We’re thinking longer-term and that will be reflected in how we approach signing someone.
“We’re not just looking until the end of the season.”
If Albion do not sign a striker, the loan window reopens soon and a deal can be struck then to get some firepower in.
Burton, who tomorrow host Exeter City, kick-off 3pm, have got Billy Kee, Adam McGurk and Dominic Knowles vying for two places up front, with target man Michael Symes due back from a minor knee injury soon.
Meanwhile, there have only been a few enquiries for any of Albion’s players – which is a bit of a surprise considering how well the Brewers have done so far this season.
Rowett does not want any of his current first-team to leave the club and is instead looking to add to his arsenal, with loan extensions for Zeli Ismail, Benji Siegrist and Adam Buxton possible.
“I’ve had one or two more enquiries over the last couple of weeks for one or two players,” said the manager. “Up until then I was starting to wonder what’s wrong with us as a club!
“We’re doing well and no-one was ringing about anyone in the squad.
“But I’m certainly not looking for anyone to leave now – quite the opposite.
“While players are hoping and battling to be part of what we want to achieve, I’m happy for them all to be here.
“Obviously, if someone came knocking on my door today and said they wanted to go I’d have to think about that.
“But they’re all keen to stay and fight for a place in the team.
“Effectively, Adam Reed and Rene Howe were the only ones I was prepared to let leave and they’ve gone now.
“Rory’s (Delap) departure was enforced, so we don’t want anyone else to leave.
“Everyone has played their part and everyone enjoys the environment we’ve got at the club.
“Currently we’re down on numbers and budget.”
Adam McGurk (illness) and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (broken cheekbone) should be fit to face the Grecians, whom Albion beat 1-0 away in October with a late Phil Edwards goal.