BURTON Albion are unlikely to offer defender Michael Spillane a contract after his brief spell on trial at the club.
Spillane, 24, featured – and scored – in Tuesday night’s 3-2 Bass Charity Vase final win over Derby County after training with the club the previous day.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett feels his squad is a defender light at the start of the League Two season, but says a move for the Jersey-born Irish under-21 international is not currently on the cards.
“There are one or two positions that we still need to strengthen,” Rowett told SportMail last night.
“Mickey came in on Monday to train, and then did quite well in the match on Tuesday.
“But it’s not one we’re going to pursue at the moment.
“Any deal at this point has got to be right and for a player we believe can add something to what we’ve already got.”
Meanwhile, the Albion boss has sympathised with players like Jack Dyer and Jimmy Phillips, who find themselves on the fringes of his first team and just outside the matchday XI.
But at present, he has no plans to send either of them out on loan.
“I don’t know about that at this moment in time,” he said. “In terms of character, Jack and Jimmy are two fantastic lads with so much to offer.
“They’ve been the two to miss out, but it’s not really been through performance-related things, but it’s what I’ve chosen to do.
“At the moment I’ve got a tight squad but there will be an injury or suspension at some point.
“They are certainly not out of my plans – you need a strong squad in this division and players will miss out at times.”
Rowett also said that Lee Bell is likely to continue as captain after wearing the armband for the last two games.
Ian Sharps started the season in the role in Bell’s absence, and Rowett added that either he or Zander Diamond – when he returns from injury – could step in.
“Lee has got the armband at the moment,” said the Brewers chief.
“He’s got the leadership qualities for the role and I think being captain will improve him as a player, and I’d expect him to have it for much of the season.”