TOMAS Egert will not be offered a contract for the 2018/19 season.
The defender was signed on a short-term contract at the end of last season to provide cover and was offered a chance to join pre-season training as a result.
But Nigel Clough has decided not to offer the player terms and will operate with John Brayford, Jake Buxton, Ben Turner, Kyle McFadzean and Damien McCrory as his defensive unit.
The Brewers manager said: “We can’t manage to fit him into the budget with the five defenders we have already got. In an ideal world we would love to take him as cover – but that’s what he would be.
“He wants to be in the starting line up as well. But we have looked at him at right back and centre half and we don’t think he’s better than those five.
“We have five out and out defenders. Reece Hutchinson becomes an option, Matty Lund can play right back, Lucas Akins can slot in there – that’s going to be the cover for us.”
Those five will have to be the mainstay and they are all proven and have the experience, especially when you factor in Stephen Bywater as well.
“Tomas came back in great shape from the Czech Republic but it’s purely down to numbers and we can’t get him in there.”