Burton Albion are in a bit of a pickle at the moment, sitting next to bottom in the Sky Bet Championship table and effectively four points from safety when goal difference is taken in to account.

They have nine games to save their second-tier existence, and to claw back that ‘four’ point deficit that sees relegation hanging in the balance like a footballing Sword of Damocles above their heads.

Nine games before the end of the season and Burton are hoping to brew up something of a mini-storm and have brought a new man on board in Tomáš Egert. Egert, a central defender by trade, has signed on as a free agent until the end of the season.

23-year-old Egert had been with the Czech side all his senior career, making a name for himself almost exclusively with Liberec, although he started his youth career fir HET Liga side Bohemians 1905 – featuring ten times for them in the 2012/13 season as a 17-year-old and scoring twice.

This good form brought about a move to Liberec, where he featured heavily for the youth side from 2013-2015, completing 44 games over two seasons – netting two goals. A series of loan moves punctuated his time in Czech football, first to Spartak Trnava, then FK Slavoj, with Viktoria Zizkov also featuring.

However, it is a big move for the young Czech defender with his first foray into football away from his homeland, pitched into a relegation battle with Burton Albion. The Brewers face a tough ask tomorrow when they travel to leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in a game where they really must hope beyond hope they get at last a point.

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