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6th February 2004 20:22


Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough has bolstered his injury-hit squad with a twin loan swoop on Mansfield Town.
Clough has brought in striker Andy White and defender Alex John-Baptiste on month-long deals.

White, 22, has spent spells on loan at Kidderminster and Boston this season after failing to earn a first-term berth.

And John-Baptiste, 18, has recent Conference experience from a successful loan spell with Tamowrth.

NIGEL Clough hopes to patch up his injury-ravaged Burton Albion squad by signing Mansfield pair Andy White and Alex Baptiste on loan.

And the Brewers boss is planning another transfer swoop next week to bring in Kettering Town winger Richard Graham.

The versatile Baptiste and 6ft 4ins striker White were due to sign for the Brewers this morning in time for them to make their debuts against Conference title chasers Hereford United at Edgar Street, kick-off 3pm.

Sam Shilton, who Clough recruited from Kidderminster on an 18-month contract last week, will also make his first appearance in Albion colours.

Clough has made the most of his friendship with Mansfield boss Keith Curle – a former Manchester City team-mate – to bolster his squad.

He said: "We've got 10 players unavailable to us for one reason or another.

"We're extremely relieved that, all being well, we'll have some fresh faces on board tomorrow and we're grateful to Keith for helping us out in that respect."

Baptiste, 18, impressed Clough against Albion over Christmas when he was on loan to Tamworth.

He played in midfield then but is expected to fill in at right-back for Terry Henshaw, who will be out for up to three weeks because of a knee injury picked up in the FA Trophy replay at Kettering.

Baptiste joined Mansfield as a trainee two years ago and has so far made 14 first-team appearances for them.

Derby-born White impressed Clough playing for Mansfield reserves against Crewe on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old striker has made League appearances on loan to Boston United and Kidderminster this season, having previously made almost 50 starts for the Stags since joining them from Hucknall Town four years ago.

Both players will be available for the Trophy fifth round tie at Hornchurch next week providing their registrations are completed today.


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