Tomlinson signs to stay on board for next season
STUART Tomlinson has signed a contract which takes him to the end of next season with Burton Albion.
The big goalkeeper agreed the deal yesterday after being with the club since September on a series of short-term contracts.
After arriving at Burton as a free agent, he was negotiating a full-time contract when he suffered a serious knee ligament injury against his old club, Port Vale, in October.
The Brewers continued to pay him while he was making a faster-than-predicted recovery and he returned to action in the 1-0 win over Barnet at the end of January.
Two away draws have followed and Burton have still lost only once with Tomlinson on the field, when Gillingham, then the League Two leaders, beat them 4-1 in October.
"We're really pleased that Tomo has signed," said manager Gary Rowett.
"I told him when he came to us that it could work well for both of us and that we were a good place to be for him to look towards the next stage of his career.
"We've worked hard to come to an agreement that suits both parties.
"I sat down with the player and his agent – I always think it's important to be selling the club directly to the player.
"But I don't think the deal was ever in doubt. Tomo knows that we showed good faith in him when he was injured and I think he likes the environment here and what the club are trying to achieve.
"What pleases me most is that, along with Dean Lyness, we now have two keepers who are more than capable of being our number one."