Nigel Clough believes there may be a lack of goalkeepers available for transfer this summer as their search continues ahead of the new season.
A new 'keeper signing has been one of Burton Albion's primary targets this pre-season following the release of Albion stalwart Jon McLaughlin at the end of last term.
Sam Hornby's subsequent move to League Two side Port Vale has left Stephen Bywater and Harry Campbell as the Brewers' only first-team keepers - and Campbell, who has impressed this summer, is yet to make his senior debut.
Clough has repeatedly said he would be happy with Bywater as his starting stopper when the Championship campaign begins against Cardiff City on August 5.
Bywater impressed at the back end of last season and turned in another solid performance in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
But Clough is keen for the ex-Derby County man to have some competition this term, and suggests he could look for his two most senior goalkeepers to share the responsibility across the season.
"We need some cover at goalkeeper or a first choice," said Clough when asked about a transfer update.
"I thought Stephen Bywater did extremely well again tonight.
"I've got no problem, if we don't get anyone in, that he'll start against Cardiff a week on Saturday.
"We've got Harry Campbell who's a younger goalkeeper on the bench, so we certainly need another one before the end of August.
"It is a priority - but it's difficult where to pitch it, because we are happy with Stephen.
"We want someone to come in and challenge him.
"It might be one where the goalkeepers share it. In the old days, it used to be one goalkeeper would play 40-odd games.
"But I think it's no different to outfield these days. If you can get two similar, I think they can share the load over the season."
For that to be the case, of course, Burton must first sign another man between the sticks.
That is not proving too straightforward for the Brewers - or some of their rivals - this summer.
"There just seems to be a lack of goalkeepers around this season," he added.
"Usually you will get your choice of six or seven who are either available for loan or on free transfers.
"But there doesn't seem to be too many around. I've spoken to a couple of managers who say the same.
"Next summer, it might be different again."
Albion are also still on the lookout for a new forward and another signing at full-back.
Clough previously said they were close to recruiting a new player in that position - but that move has not come to fruition.
"We still need a full-back, with Matty Lund playing there against West Bromwich Albion - it's not ideal, his strength is in midfield," added Clough.
"We're still looking. The one that we hoped to get didn't materialise, so we are chasing a couple more now."