BURTON Albion have signed midfielder Jamie Allen from Rochdale on a three-year deal.
The Brewers have paid an undisclosed fee for the 22-year-old.
Allen is a product of the Rochdale youth system and Nigel Clough has been tracking his progress.
The Albion manager said: “We have watched him for quite a bit of time now and think he has a lot of potential. We have been talking to Rochdale about him for several weeks but it has taken until deadline day to reach an agreement and we are delighted he his joining us.
“We think he is ready to make the step up to the Championship. It’s the right move at the right time. He wants to test himself at that level and he will be able to do that with us.”
Allen said: “I’m delighted it’s over the line and I’m just really pleased to be here now.
“It’s a massive challenge for me but one I feel I’m up to. I have been in League One a couple of years now and I think this is the right time for me to step up.
“I have been at Rochdale since I was eight. I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge and this has come up and I’m ready to go.”