Oxford United defender Sean Clare has joined League One rivals Burton Albion. The 24-year-old is the Brewers second January signing.
Sean Clare Joins Burton Albion From Oxford United
Indifferent Debut Season for Clare
Sean Clare only joined Oxford in the summer, arriving at the League One club from recently relegated Scottish Premiership club, Heart of Midlothian.
Signed as a right-back, the midfielder found life difficult in the early exchanges of the season. The poor displays were exacerbated by the U’s early season form.
However, a rest from the starting line-up gave Clare a needed break, before manager Karl Robinson started giving him game time in his natural position on the right of midfield. The move has shown the fans of his capabilities.
Clare made 20 appearances for the U’s and provided three assists.
What Was Said
Burton, who are under the management of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for a second time, has made Clare his second signing since his return to the Pirelli Stadium. Defender Hayden Carter joined on loan last week from Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking about his new signing, Hasselbaink said: “Sean’s coming in on loan from Oxford to compete for a midfield position. He’s box-to-box, very energetic and very athletic.
“I feel we need more legs in the midfield, and he’s definitely giving us that. He’s somebody who has played Championship football and has largely played in the SPL.
“He will be in the squad of 18 or 19 against Ipswich (after) he trained today. Tuesday is a tough day for us and he came through that.”
Clare added: “It was a tough session (this morning) – tough but good! All the things the manager is working on are things that we need to do in the games, and how we need to play.
“I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. He sees me as a central midfielder and that’s where I see myself – someone who can be box-to-box, get forward but also get back and help the team defend.
“I like getting on the ball, driving with it and hopefully I can chip in with some goals and assists to help us up the table.”