Burton Albion are looking at a loan and a permanent option in the search for a new goalkeeper.

Jon McLaughlin’s release at the end of last season – following three years in which he was Albion’s first-choice – and the departure of young Sam Hornby to Port Vale means Stephen Bywater and Harry Campbell are the only keepers in the Brewers ’ first-team squad.

Bywater produced some crucial performances when he was called upon late last term after McLaughlin was ruled out with injury, while Campbell has impressed so far in pre-season. He is yet to make his first-team debut.

Nigel Clough has previously said that Burton have been on the look-out for a keeper since McLaughlin turned down two contract offers last summer.

Jon McLaughlin was released by Burton Albion in May

That search is ongoing, with enquiries having been made and at least a couple having been turned down.

The Brewers are currently waiting to hear back on a couple of potential deals – and Clough says it could yet be either a loan signing or a permanent recruit who comes to the Pirelli to compete with Bywater and Campbell.

"We are still waiting for a decision on a couple at the moment," said the Albion boss .

"We are exploring one loan or a permanent at the moment, so it could be either – we are not just chasing one specific one.

Stephen Bywater

"One of them is a loan, one is a permanent at the moment."

Clough will not be concerned if these moves take time to come to fruition.

After Bywater produced some stand-out moments to secure Albion important results at the back end of last season – including that unforgettable save in the 1-1 draw at Barnsley that secured their safety – Clough has regularly said he would be happy to have the ex-Derby County man as his primary option at the start of 2017-18.

He will be keen to have some competition for Bywater between the sticks, however.

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So far this summer, young Campbell – signed from Bolton Wanderers last August – has made sure he will also be in the manager’s thoughts.

"It’s ideal for him (Campbell) in pre-season, with Stephen Bywater having missed a couple of games as well – so he has started them," added Clough.

"He played again against Solihull Moors and I think he has impressed everybody.

Harry Campbell

"He has worked very hard over the last 12 months and I think he has improved as well.”

Clough also revealed that the Brewers are close to bringing in a new full-back.

"There’s a chance of somebody coming in over the weekend or early next week but nothing apart from that,” he said when asked about any chances of further movement after the AFC Wimbledon defeat on Friday night.

"It’s a full-back."