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There will not be too many examples of teams getting to the play offs three seasons running.
The previous season, Burton had been the opposite. Goals flew in at both ends. Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma were charismatic, exciting players and scored the goals to match.
Where we are now with Rowett is that he has had two complete seasons as manager at Burton and has taken the team to the play offs both times with almost completely contrasting styles of play.
That is one pitfall Rowett has avoided once but I wouldn bet against this manager and his lugubrious, quietly effective assistant, Kevin Summerfield, pulling it off again.
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And sure, the goal of the season competition was a bit of a damp squib, after it had been so difficult to leave out many contenders in whittling down to a short list the season before.
course, the question is, can Rowett do it again? Or even take the extra step and lead Burton to automatic promotion?
I do expect the efficiency in defence which characterised the last campaign, with Phil Edwards and Ian Sharps retained and the Australian, Shane Cansdell Sherriff, secured on a permanent deal after a marvellous spell on an extended loan from Preston North End.
Stevenage were relegated from League One at the end of last season and Rowett has brought in Lucas Akins, who can play on the wing or as a striker.
Often, as Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town proved last season, a failure in the play offs is followed by a huge let down of a season next time around.
jersey with Dean Lyness is also to be welcomed.
John Mousinho arrival in midfield appears a particular statement of intent.
Rowett has added Nike Dunk Olive cover in defence with the signing of George Taft, a 21 year old 6ft 3in centre half released by Leicester City. Taft did not make an appearance in the Foxes first team but, by now, we are used to trusting Rowett judgement.
The Brewers won 13 matches 1 0 and another five 2 1. There will not be many seasons like that. When Hartlepool United were dismissed 3 0 late in the season there was almost a feeling of collective disbelief around the Pirelli Stadium.
Like last year, his recruitment looks good. Both in terms of the personnel he has gathered and the comments he has made about wanting to play with a little more style, I do not expect Burton to be quite so pragmatic this season.
Like many other supporters, I felt Lyness got a bit of a raw deal last season, when it looked as if he was only playing in the absence of an alternative.
It was a chance he never let slip and he was the Mr Reliable of the defence for the rest of the season. Edwards clear rapport with the fans he was first to walk the gauntlet of pitch invading Southend fans to celebrate with the Burtonians after the play off second leg success at Roots Hall has also served him in good stead.
sure, retains plenty of hunger.
But there is no denying McLaughlin pedigree, after an ever present season for Bradford City and it is some irony that he has moved on from Bradford only after the arrival of Jordan Pickford on loan; the same Jordan Pickford who came to Burton on loan last season until Sunderland recalled him.
It was inevitable that they were putting themselves in the shop window for moves to clubs who could pay them more money than Burton could afford.
Most of the outfield arrivals appear to be giving Burton a little more physical presence and that is not going to be a bad thing.
That takes some doing and it why I found last season fascinating.
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As they departed, manager Gary Rowett was already declaring that there was more than one way to skin a cat and how he proved it.
First impressions have been good and Akins has been on target in several pre season games.
Mousinho has won promotions from League Two with Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage and was taken to Preston North End and made captain when Graham Westley moved there from Stevenage.
However, just as important as a few good arrivals, Rowett has kept some continuity in this squad, with players like Phil Edwards, Robbie Weir, Damien McCrory and Lee Bell signing new deals.
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Edwards became a big fan favourite in his first season at the club, originally signing as a centre half but finding himself out of the team until Rory Delap injury gave him a chance at right back.
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