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28 July 2015

BURTON Albion face Premiership opposition at the Pirelli Stadium tonight when Leicester City are the visitors (kick off 7.30pm).

As well as being a good pre-season challenge for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's squad it will be a chance for defender George Taft to play against his former club. Taft is a product of City's youth set up after joining the club in 2011 before moving to the Brewers in 2014.

He says: "It's not that long ago that I was there, so it will be good to see some familiar faces and play against them.

"It's an amazing club with a great set up and you can see how they got to the Premiership. They have just built, climbed and progressed throughout the whole club."

But at the end of the day, despite being against Leicester, it's still just another step along the road to the new season for Taft and the Brewers squad.

He says: "It's another game to get fit and put our plans in practice against a good side. For me, it will be good to see the Leicester lads and, hopefully, I will get some game time.

"They have a strong squad, plenty of depth and it will be exciting to see who they play. They might mix it up but whoever they play it will be tough."

Taft wasn't surprised that Leicester stayed up in their first season back in the top flight, even though it took a late season surge in form to keep the Foxes safe.

He says: "I expected them to stay up as they had such a strong squad. They had a shaky start but got their plan right in the end. I'm sure they will be hoping to do that again this time but from the start of the season."

The Brewers complete the pre-season games with the arrival of Derby County at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

Taft says: "They will be hard games, two games that will really push us but by doing that they will help us be ready for the start of the season. They are good fixtures to have before we start League One."

The Brewers are also fresh from the 2-0 victory over Birmingham, a confidence booster going into games against Premiership and Championship opposition.

Taft says: "We played good football against Birmingham and we made them work and got a good run out of it as well as a good result.

"Pre-season is going well. It has been really hard but that's what we expected.

"We are getting ever more ready for the season, getting fitter and getting more time with the ball."

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