We have been very busy in this season's transfer market, bringing in no less than 14 new first-team players after 10 players departed the club, including a £500,000 sale of centre-back Akin Odimayo.
We haven’t spent much of the £1.5million budget, focusing mainly on free transfers, low transfer fees and loans.
Jacob Adams will become our back-up goalkeeper to Joe Wollacott this season, following the #1s incredible performance last season, including his remarkable display against Southampton and Leyton Orient in particular.
Adams, 21, joins from Fulham on a free transfer after failing to make a first-team appearance in the Championship for Marco Silva’s men.
Left-back Scott Tanser was our second deal of the summer as we looked to replace Romoney Crichlow who returned to Huddersfield Town from his loan spell last season.
Tanser will move in ahead of our current remaining left-back Ellis Iandolo. The latter is still fairly young so I am hoping that Tanser, fresh from his experience in the Scottish Premiership with St Mirren and St Johnstone. Tanser has had experience in League One before with Rochdale where he spent 6 years following his academy graduation.
Sean Long was a key part of Cheltenham Town’s League One consolidation following promotion last year, playing 18 games between centre-back and right-back.
I expect Long and Rob Hunt to battle it out for the starting right-back spot this season following Hunt’s impressive League Two campaign last year.
Josh Pask comes in to fill our spot as starting centre-back as the position grows increasingly threadbare after Mathieu Baudry’s retirement and Akin Odimayo’s sale to Sunderland.
Pask played last season on loan to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Championship following a spell in Coventry City’s opening season in the Championship. He impressed across the border, making 15 appearances from January, achieving a 7.00 rating with 7 clean sheets kept as Killie finished 2nd in the league.
We have taken AFC Wimbledon’s academy graduate Will Nightingale for a fee of £64,000 following their relegation to League Two last season.
Nightingale had been a key part of Wimbledon’s consolidation in League One after their 2016 promotion and their relegation was likely down to his lack of presence last term. I expect Nightingale to compete for his spot amongst Conroy, Pask and Long for his spot at the back.
Our final defensive signing comes in the form of Sean McLoughlin, purchased from Championship side Hull City for £24,000.
The Irishman has not been able to keep his spot in the Hull side and with his ability to play either centre-back and left-back, he seemed an ideal signing to keep competition within the squad healthy.
I was delighted to confirm Aaron Ramsey as our first signing of the season, bringing him in on loan until the end of the season.
Already a talent at Aston Villa, I think Ramsey, aided with regular football, will be able to improve immensely with us and we can perhaps take him on loan again next season.
Dan Crowley was our third signing of the season, brought in on a free transfer after his impressive performance with Cheltenham last season, scoring 1 and assisting 5 in 20 appearances.
Crowley can play anywhere in the midfield and even up-front if needed. He looks like a solid midfielder with a solid record.
Jamie Allen was our first signing paid for with a transfer fee and I think he deserves the £47.5k fee paid for him from Coventry City.
Allen has been playing in the Championship for the past two seasons after helping guide Coventry to promotion in 2020. During his time at Burton in League One, he proved himself as a goalscoring midfielder and I’m hoping that he can get involved here, too.
33-year-old Adam Clayton has been brought in on a low wage to provide some much-needed experience to the midfield.
Clayton has spent the last ten years playing at Championship level or above with the likes of Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough and more recently Birmingham City. With this higher level experience, I expect his presence on the field to remain among an average set of players.
Young midfielder Cameron Antwi has come in to provide back-up, as well as help out the youth team. He cost £8,000 from Blackpool.
He played 10 Championship games last season for the Tangerines before going on loan to League Two outfit Scunthorpe United where he helped them stave off relegation out of the Football League.
Finally, Euan Henderson joins us from Hearts for just over £11,000 with a good record in Scotland.
He made himself a regular at Hearts in the Scottish Premiership and Championship. He spent last season on loan to Scottish League One outfit Alloa United where he made 36 appearances, scoring 6 goals and assisting twice.
Oliver Sarkic is another player brought in from Blackpool this summer after failing to make an appearance in the Championship last season.
The Montenegrin arrived in England with Leeds United, signing from Benfica in 2017. After a loan spell in Spain’s lower leagues, he joined Burton permanently where he had his most successful spell yet in League One. We are looking to revive the 24-year-old’s career here with us.
Jake Scrimshaw joins us on loan from Bournemouth and appears to be our only out-and-out striker. We will look to utilise him as a pressing forward.
Last season he was on loan with Scunthorpe and was their top scorer as they finished 22nd, avoiding relegation. Scrimshaw’s goals accounted for around a third of Scunthorpe’s total goals, so can be credited with a strong impact in their survival.