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DEFENDER SIGNS DEAL WITH BREWERS

25 August 2015

DEFENDER Tom Flanagan has joined Burton Albion on an initial one-year deal.

The 24-year-old has joined the Brewers after leaving MK Dons, where he came through the club's youth system.

He has experience playing in League One for MK Dons and has enjoyed successful loan spells at Plymouth and Gillingham, where he scored the first goal for the Gills when they beat Albion 4-1 in 2012.

His favoured position is centre half.

Flanagan played against Leicester City and Derby County for the Brewers in pre-season friendlies and impressed Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has now brought him in on a contract.

The player said: "I'm really pleased. It's a fresh start with a new team who are already doing pretty well. Hopefully, I can help take the club to where it wants to be, which is the next level.

"I really liked what I saw here - the training facilities at St George's Park are out of this world. The whole atmosphere at the club and the way the boys play football here all made sense as well. It was a real no brainer, moving here.

"I trained during the week before the pre-season games and the team was learning and I was learning with them. "

So what can he bring to the Brewers?

"I like to attack the ball, I think I'm good with the ball at my feet and I like to step out and start the attacks. I don't like the midfielders to have all the fun. I can also play in midfield if needed.

"We have sat down and had long conversations and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told me that he not only has a great group of players but that he can take them to the next level as individuals. The manager gets across what he wants you to do in a way that ensures you really remember it. Alongside him is David Oldfield and his training is really the best.

"I was only here for a week and I learned a lot so to be given the opportunity to sign for one year with a a further year option, I believe I'm going to come on leaps and bounds and do well for Burton Albion and the manager."

Flanagan knows what it takes to do well in League One.

"Home form is critical," he says. "There's not a  lot between teams - the bottom club can beat the top team. You can never be complacent, it's so on the day. It's all about the players in League One and showing up on the day. Teamwork is key and seeing the players here, it's a really good group."






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