Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has confirmed on the official club website that winger Lloyd Dyer has left the club. They were initially in discussions over signing a new contract, but the club have had a change of heart, meaning he is to depart.

The news is something of a shock given how the veteran was their top goalscorer last season as they were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship. However, Dyer is soon to turn 36, and the former Nottingham Forest midfielder has decided to focus more on their club youngsters on their return to Sky Bet League One.

Dyer netted seven times last season, with Lucas Akins closely followed with five. Scoring goals however was Burton’s major problem last season.

Clough says they are focusing more on the future, meaning Dyer will no longer be needed,

“Lloyd has done very well for us over the last two seasons, especially the first season where he helped us stay up and we want to thank him for his contribution.

“But we have now decided it’s time to give an opportunity to our youngsters in League One. We have several options within the squad and it’s time to see what Ben Fox, Will Miller, Joe Sbarra and Marcus Harness can do for us.”

Scott Fraser and David Templeton have already signed ahead of the new campaign. Several older players have now moved on in addition to Dyer. Shaun Barker and Stephen Warnock retired, whilst Luke Varney was released. Burton are back in pre-season action tomorrow night away at Kidderminster Harriers.

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