ROWETT: ZELI’S A GREAT SIGNING
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