Burton Albion have completed the signing of defender Michael Mancienne on a deal until the end of the season.
The Brewers currently sit bottom of League One and are in need one some more defensive steel if they are to avoid the drop down to League Two.
The 33-year-old former Chelsea man is back in England after two years playing in the MLS with New England Revolution.
Burton Albion Sign Michael Mancienne
✍️ Burton Albion are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Michael Mancienne on a contract until the end of the season!
Welcome to Burton Albion, Michael! More via the club website.#BAFC
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) February 9, 2021
What Was Said?
Speaking to the club website about his signing, Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: “We’ve been looking for a centre back throughout the whole of the transfer window.
“He has lots of experience and has played lots of games in higher leagues.
“I’m very happy that he is signing with us.”
Mancienne himself added: “It’s obviously a pleasure to be here and I’m really grateful that the manager has given me the opportunity to join and help with the battle.
“I know how to see out games and what the team has to do to win games, so I hope to bring that experience with me.”
Although Mancienne started out at Chelsea, the bulk of his early experience came in loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he made over 120 combined appearances.
He then completed a permanent departure from Chelsea, signing for German side Hamburger. He returned to England three years later to sign for Nottingham Forest.
Four years and 134 appearances in the East Midlands later, Mancienne left the country again to sign for New England in the USA, where he spent three seasons.