Burton Albion completed their summer transfer business in dramatic style on Thursday night, concluding a summer of wheeling and dealing by manager Nigel Clough that has seen 12 new faces arrive at the Pirelli Stadium and 12 depart.

Clough has brought some fresh faces into a squad that now looks reinvigorated and ready to do battle as the Championship survival race hot up now the transfer window is closed until January.

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The deadline day additions of John Brayford, Will Miller and Jamie Allen have added more options in defence, midfield and attack for Clough - and competition for places is going to hot up amongst the Brewers' ranks.

The summer additions of the likes of Matty Lund, Sean Scannell, the return of Luke Murphy and the addition of striker Joe Mason will have softened the blow of losing last season's star-man Jackson Irvine with their contributions so far.

Nigel Clough has brought 12 players in and shifted 12 out
Nigel Clough has brought 12 players in and shifted 12 out

Jake Buxton and Stephen Warnock offer experience in the ranks at the back, and Hope Akpan has looked a presence when he has been on the pitch - with injuries and suspension limiting his time in a Brewers shirt so far.

Out of the door were the likes of squad players Charlie Gatter, Lee Williamson, and Callum Reilly, who were all released upon the expiry of their contracts.

Jon McLaughlin also left the club, with his contract up - which was a major surprise to Brewers fans given his reliability in the sticks during their rise from League Two to the Championship.

Irvine's departure is the most notable, along with captain John Mousinho's shock exit from the club to Oxford on deadline day, because Albion recouped a club record fee of around £2 million from Hull for Irvine's services.

Jackson Irvine was the standout departure from the Pirelli this summer
Jackson Irvine was the standout departure from the Pirelli this summer

The likes of Damien McCrory, Marcus Dinanga and Jayden Cotterill have all left on loan in search of regular game-time.

But as far as incomings go, we'll give you the low-down on every Albion player signed this summer - and what they can bring to the team.

Matty Lund

Clough's first signing of the summer back in May, Lund has looked the part when he's been on the pitch and impressed in pre-season.

He looks a like-for-like replacement for Irvine, with his energy on the pitch, thirst for a tackle and late runs into the box all reminiscent of Irvine's game.

He notched his first goal for the Brewers against Oldham in the Carabao Cup last month, and will hopefully be returning from an ankle injury after the international break.

Lund grabbed his first goal for the Brewers against Oldham
Lund grabbed his first goal for the Brewers against Oldham

Liam Boyce

One of the saddest stories of the summer is that of record signing Liam Boyce.

Signed for a fee we believe to be in the region of £500,000, Boyce was expected to lead the line for Albion this term.

That was not to be the case, though, once he suffered a serious knee injury against Shrewsbury Town in pre-season, ruling the Northern Ireland striker out for the year - with the World Cup on the horizon.

Jake Buxton

One of Nigel Clough's lieutenants, Buxton has spoken openly about wanting to repay his former manager at Derby's faith in bringing him to Pride Park from Burton in 2009.

So far, so good for Buxton, who has looked capable and assured at the back, and has worn the armband on occasion.

Looks to be a starting centre-back, but has Ben Turner breathing down his neck now after a couple of good displays himself since his return from suspension.

Jake Buxton goes in for a challenge with Middlesbrough's Dael Fry

Luke Murphy

A fan favourite last term returns after finding himself out of favour with another Leeds United boss, and the Brewers will gladly have him.

An assured performance in the Brewers' last match against Sheffield Wednesday, he brings a calm presence and slick passing to the side.

His quick thinking and pass into Marvin Sordell's feet set up the come-back for the Brewers' first league win of the season, a 2-1 win over the Birmingham, last month.

Stephen Warnock

Warnock looks a shrewd acquisition given his extensive Premier League experience and Liverpool grounding.

Looked fairly solid in the Brewers' opening-day 1-0 defeat to Cardiff, but came off injured against Hull with an ankle problem.

Hasn't played since the 4-1 defeat at the KCOM Stadium, but should be back alongside Lund after the international break.

Stephen Warnock has looked solid, but hasn't played since the 4-1 loss to Hull
Stephen Warnock has looked solid, but hasn't played since the 4-1 loss to Hull

Hope Akpan

A rocky start to life at Albion, Akpan hasn't quite been up to speed with the rest of his Brewers team-mates because of a lack of pre-season work.

He joined Albion fairly late in the summer, but has looked good on the ball and showed his presence when he has played.

Missed the last two games due to suspension from a red card he received in the 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last month.

Connor Ripley

Brought in to compete with Stephen Bywater and Harry Campbell for Albion's place between the sticks, Ripley has been limited to Carabao Cup matches so far.

Not that it has done him any harm, with the Brewers earning an away trip to Old Trafford as a reward for their hard work in beating Oldham and Cardiff.

A string of impressive saves in both matches saw Albion through and into the third-round, and Ripley surely has to start under the bright lights of the Theatre of Dreams.

Ripley's Carabao Cup performances have helped earn the Brewers a date with Manchester United later this month
Ripley's Carabao Cup performances have helped earn the Brewers a date with Manchester United later this month

Sean Scannell

Offering pace and a threat on the wing, Scannell has shown a willingness to run at players during his two appearances this season that has been lacking so far.

He's only made to appearances so far, but Albion fans can be encouraged by his energy and closing-down he showed against Sheffield Wednesday.

Once he settles into the team, keep an eye out for Scannell.

Joe Mason

The striker's cameo against Sheffield Wednesday last time out has more or less written this summary for me.

30 seconds into his debut, he equalised with his first touch and earned Albion a point for all their hard work against the Owls.

Let’s hope the loanee, brought in to ease the burden on Sordell and Lucas Akins, carries on after the break where left off.

Mason's equaliser just 30 seconds into his debut against Sheffield Wednesday has made him an instant hit
Mason's equaliser just 30 seconds into his debut against Sheffield Wednesday has made him an instant hit

John Brayford

Brewers fans know all about Brayford, now into his third spell at the club where he started his career over 10 years ago.

You can expect honesty, grit, determination, and no lost causes from the former Derby man, as Albion fans will attest from his expertly-blocked shots and well-timed overlapping runs last term.

Brayford now returns as an older head in the dressing room, and he will be empowering his Albion team-mates to get over the line once more.

Will Miller

Miller divided opinion on social media, but you can't argue against a pedigree at one of the biggest English clubs in Tottenham Hotspur.

This time it's different for Miller, as he has signed a permanent two-year deal, with the aim of making a name for himself and getting back into the Premier League.

He offers another threat up front and on the wings, and increases the competition for places further.

Miller offers another threat up front for Nigel Clough
Miller offers another threat up front for Nigel Clough

Jamie Allen

Allen's signing at 11:45pm on Thursday night will have had many scratching their heads and searching the midfielder's name online.

Once you do find out who he is, though, you'll be impressed. Over 100 career appearances for Rochdale during the club's most successful spell of their history speaks volumes about a player who is still only 22 years of age.

He's also been the club captain at Spotland for two years, and Dale boss Keith Hill spoke in glowing terms about how he did his best to keep Allen from leaving. Expect big things from this young, hungry and ambitious player.

John Mousinho (centre) was probably the most surprising departure of the summer
John Mousinho (centre) was probably the most surprising departure of the summer

Players in: Matty Lund (Rochdale, free), Liam Boyce (Ross County, undisclosed), Jake Buxton (Wigan, free), Luke Murphy (Leeds, loan), Stephen Warnock (Wigan, free), Hope Akpan (Blackburn, free),Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough, loan) Sean Scannell (Huddersfield, loan), Joe Mason (Wolves, loan), John Brayford (Sheffield United, free), Will Miller (Tottenham, free), Jamie Allen (Rochdale, undisclosed).

Players out: Charlie Gatter (released), Jon McLaughlin (released), Lee Williamson (released), Phil Edwards (Bury, free), Callum Reilly (Bury, free), Sam Hornby (Port Vale, free), Marcus Harness (Port Vale, loan) Jackson Irvine (Hull, undisclosed), Damien McCrory (Portsmouth, loan), John Mousinho (Oxford, free), Jayden Cotterill (Matlock, loan).