Championship strugglers Burton Albion have signed Czech defender Tomas Egert on a deal until the end of the season, confirmed by BBC Sport.
The 23-year-old from the Czech Republic is a free agent having come over to the UK to study Sports Management at Derby University.
He has played in the Czech Republic for FC Slovan Liberec in the country’s top division.
Egert said “I am excited to sign for the club. I have been around the squad for a few weeks now and everyone has been really nice.”
“English football is more physical but that’s my type of play so I’m looking forward to it.”
“Nigel Clough is really professional, a really nice person so I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Nigel Clough said “Tomas has played at the top level in the Czech Republic and has come over to study in England and he was recommended to us by John McGrath. He has been training with Mickleover and at university”
“John said to us that he’s far too good for that, so he has been training with us for the last few weeks. With the injuries we have had we thought we would take chance and put him on contract for the rest of the season. It will give us some defensive cover at centre back or full back and with Lucas Akins being out we have been short of cover in that area.”
“You can’t sign anyone unless they are free agent as it’s outside the window and he hasn’t looked out of place in training so it makes sense for us.”
He is available to face leaders Wolves on Saturday and could be involved as both John Brayford and Ben Turner are unlikely to feature.