ROWETT: ZELI’S A GREAT SIGN­ING

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Mur­ray

BUR­TON boss Gary Rowett says the sign­ing of Zeli Ismail will be the first of many that stem from their rep­u­ta­tion for breed­ing young stars.

Ismail, 20, joined last week on loan from Wolves un­til the end of the sea­son and Rowett has de­scribed the mid­fielder’s ar­rival as a “coup”.

And af­ter see­ing Sam Win­nall and James Collins – now at Scun­thorpe and Hiber­nian re­spec­tively – de­velop their tal­ents with the Brew­ers, he is sure more will fol­low.

“Our re­la­tion­ship with other clubs is bear­ing fruit,” said Rowett. “We’re try­ing to use what we’ve got as a club on the up to at­tract and de­velop play­ers.

“We’ve al­ready sold one of our young play­ers, Re­gan Up­ton, to Wolves and they recog­nise what we’re try­ing to do and the en­vi­ron­ment we’ve cre­ated.

“Us train­ing at St Ge­orge’s helps too. We’ve had play­ers who have gone on to do re­ally well, and now Zeli Ismail.

“Also, pos­si­bly the big­gest thing for me is we’re hav­ing sus­tained suc­cess, this sea­son and last.

“That helps people see we’re do­ing things prop­erly – if we were sat bot­tom of the league, maybe one or two might look at that.”

COUP: Zeli Ismail

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