Ex-Joey opts for UK stay

Former Australia youth international Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has penned a permanent deal with League Two outfit Burton Albion after coming out of contract.

Cansdell-Sherriff, who was part of a Socceroos camp in Duisburg in 2011, was released by Preston North End this week, before putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with Burton.

The Sydney-born 31-year-old may have considered a move home to Australia but Burton were keen to secure his services after spending most of the 2013-14 season on loan at Pirelli Stadium.

Cansdell-Sherriff was a regular at the back and instrumental in helping the Brewers reach the League Two playoffs final which they lost to Fleetwood Town on Monday.

The ex-Leeds United defender, who was famously part of the Joeys side which reached the final of the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, played with an Achilles injury towards the end of Burton’s season, earning boss Gary Rowett’s praise.

“He’s a great lad and a great character,” Rowett told Burton Mail.

“It showed what he’s about in the last two or three weeks when he hasn’t trained and just had several injections to play – that says it all.

“He put himself in the firing line when he wasn’t even our player. I’m thrilled about him signing.”