HARRY Campbell has signed a new one-year deal with Burton Albion.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper becomes the first of the six players out of contract to agree a new deal, which also includes a further year’s option.
Campbell has been a regular on the bench for the Brewers but has found opportunities limited by the form and fitness of Stephen Bywater.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough said: “We are very pleased that Harry is staying with us. He has improved over the last year and he works extremely well with Stephen Bywater and Martin Taylor (goalkeeping coach).
“Our intention is to play him in some games next season, certainly the Checkatrade Trophy, and he has been very unlucky that Stephen hasn’t had an injury or a suspension. He might not have had the time on the pitch, but we see the improvement behind the scenes every day in training.
“For his age, he’s coming on very well. He has a brilliant attitude and it’s tough when you are a reserve goalkeeper. An outfield player knows he might be on at any minute but it’s unlikely as a goalkeeper - but you still have to keep working every day and the impressive thing about him has been his attitude.”
Campbell said: “It’s good to get it over the line. It has been a good two years here and I have enjoyed it. I have learnt a lot and worked with some brilliant people. It’s a shame what happened last season, but we are looking to bounce straight back up.”
Campbell joined the Brewers early in the 2016/17 season after leaving previous club Bolton Wanderers.
After joining boyhood club Blackburn Rovers, Campbell worked through the ranks at Ewood Park but was released without making it as far as the first team. After trials with both Stoke and Blackpool he made the relatively short move to the Trotters making further progress before leaving Wanderers and making the move to the Pirelli Stadium.
Albion have also offered new deals to Damien McCrory, Jake Buxton, Hope Akpan, Lloyd Dyer and Tom Naylor.