NIGEL Clough says that getting rid of the relegation hangover is his first task this season.
The Brewers return to League One after two years in the Championship with the dramas of the last day at Preston still fresh in everyone’s minds – but the Albion manager wants the squad to put that behind them.
He said: “Our biggest thing to deal with is a relegation hangover. It’s our biggest feat and something we need to guard against and do everything we can not to let happen.
“But we have already sensed a good feeling within the squad and we want a positive pre-season including the games.
“The way we finished the season also helps. If we had continued the form where we lost the last six or seven that would have been difficult but winning three out of four, that puts us in reasonable shape as well.”
The arrival of new signings Scott Fraser and David Templeton is also a boost
“Having a couple of new faces in the squad also helps with keeping things positive," said Clough.
“We are generally happy with the balance of the squad.
"We have Elliott Hodge, from Notts County, and Luke McCormick, ex-Nottingham Forest, on trial with us and there’s always a view to possibly including them – we don’t don’t take them for the sake of it.”