Burton Albion have re-signed defender Jake Buxton on a one-year contract following his departure from Wigan Athletic. This is the second time he has been brought to the club by manager Nigel Clough after helping them gain promotion into the EFL several seasons ago.

Since then, the 32-year-old has mainly played most of his football at Derby County, amassing over 130 appearances for the Rams. He would leave for Wigan at the start of last season, starting 39 Sky Bet Championship matches as the Latics succumbed to relegation just one year after gaining promotion. Buxton has previously won the Player of the Year Award at Burton.

Buxton says he has monitoring Burton’s progress since last leaving but is delighted to be back at the Pirelli Stadium,

“It’s nice to get it done and dusted and to be back, and especially where the club has come from since I was last here and now to be part of the future.

“This is a Championship club now as well and it’s a good fit for me at this time of my career.”

Clough, who also signed Buxton when manager of Derby, says he brings valuable qualities to his squad,

“He has come on as a player since (his first Burton Albion spell) and very nearly made the Premier League with Derby. He’s a very good, experienced defender.

“He knows the challenges we face at the club the size of Burton. He’ll be under no illusions and he will fit straight in.

“As he is a player we know well, there is less settling in time. He knows what’s expected and that certainly helps. His experience will be vital in the dressing room next season for another tough year.”

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