Burton Albion have tonight unveiled the permanent signing of defender John Brayford. The 29-year-old impressed whilst on loan at the Pirelli Stadium last season, playing a big role in their unlikely escape against relegation.

Earlier today, Brayford was granted a free transfer by Sheffield United in order for him to complete his move back to the Brewers. He has been out of favour at Bramall Lane for some time, especially under Chris Wilder. The Blades have recently signed Ben Heneghan and Cameron Carter-Vickers, which would’ve further pushed him down the pecking order anyway.

Brayford won the Burton Albion Player of the Season Award last season, and Nigel Clough expressed his happiness at bringing him back to the club,

“It’s brilliant he’s back – what more do you need to say about John?”

As for the man himself, it was an easy decision to return,

“I thought we were building something last year so I’m delighted to be back to help the club keep putting those steps in place and grow even more.

“We can carry on building the football club on and off the pitch doing things the right way and progressing.

“I think I am at an age now where I can help other players. I know how the Gaffer has brought me on and got his methods across so hopefully now I can help the younger players as well as showing my enthusiasm and professionalism on the pitch.”

Brayford played 33 of Burton’s 46 Championship matches last season during his loan spell.


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