One of the most astute pieces of Gary Rowett’s transfer business as Burton Albion manager, Stuart initially joined the Brewers on loan in the summer of 2014, signing a permanent three year deal before that summer transfer window closed after leaving Preston North End.
A much sought after striker after his departure from Deepdale, Stuart repaid Albion’s faith in him by leading the front line superbly over the last two seasons earning him consecutive Supporters Player Of The Year Awards and also the Player’s Player award in 2015.
After plying his trade in the non-league with the likes of Ardley United and Wallingford after leaving Ipswich Town a goal laden spell with Didcot Town resulting in over 100 goals in three seasons had the scouts circling with Conference side Weymouth taking Stuart to Dorset.
27 goals in 90 appearances justified the Terra’s faith in Stuart and when they fell on financially hard times Wycombe Wanderers stepped up with Stuart helping the Chairboys to promotion from League 2.
Stuart was a consistent goalscorer as Wycombe moved between Leagues 1 and 2 over several seasons. His 21 goals in a relegation campaign persuaded Preston to offer him the chance to stay in League 1 where he became renowned as a provider as well as scorer of goals.