FORMER Burton Albion goalkeeper Dan Robinson has returned to the club to take up the role of Academy manager.After more than a decade playing and coaching in New Zealand, it's a return to the UK as well as the Brewers for Robinson.
He said: "It's great to be back. I have met all the staff and it's a good time to be involved in the club and what a great club it is. I'm really excited to be here.
"I was at the Brighton game on Saturday and it was great to see so many familiar faces from when I was here 12 years ago. The club has moved forward, but it's still a very close knit family club and a great place to come whether you are a player or supporter.
"The chairman has done a fantastic job and I have followed the progress from New Zealand. And Nigel Clough is here again now and played a big part in me wanting to come back. His philosophies and the way he did things around the club is what I have tried to emulate in my career since, so it was exciting to know I would be working with him again.
"I had a great time in New Zealand and have very fond memories and some great footballing experiences. I played more than 10 years at the highest level you can over there. Then with my coaching, I was working at international level with the New Zealand women's teams."
Dan was delighted to see so many young players who have progressed through the youth ranks on duty for the Brewers on Saturday in the Championship.
He said: "It's fantastic for the Academy as it shows the importance of the set up and that players will get a chance if they do the right things. The gaffer has shown in the past that if young players do well, do the right things and are good enough, they will get opportunities.
"Now, I want to have a look and see at where the Academy is at - I know it's in a strong position already. There's a great staff, working really hard, and I'm looking forward to working alongside them."