Good Luck, Nige

Trevor Brooking says that, in his brief tenure as caretaker manager, working with Nigel Winterburn was a pleasure - while Glenn Roeder admits one of his targets is to bring another left back to the club.

"If every player was like Nigel Winterburn you would not have a problem; his attitude is excellent, he is a good trainer, he wants to win, and you have got no worries about him away from the pitch," says Trevor about one of the 10 out-of-contract senior players released by the club this summer.

Nigel is still mulling over whether to play on for one more season in the first division with someone but Trevor feels he could do it and adds: "His preparation and everything is fine and if every young professional could take a mold from him and copy his attitude most managers wouldn't have any concerns."

With Scott Minto also having left at the end of his contract, and Vladimir Labant on a long term loan at Sparta Prague, where he is expected to remain, Glenn says: "Now that Nigel has left us we will need cover for Rufus Brevett, who has been a revelation since coming to us, both in his attitude and personality and how he played.

"Our fans have taken to him straight away, and rightly so.

"It was always going to be a hard act to follow Nigel Winterburn because our supporters loved him for the commitment and attitude he showed.

"But we have no cover at left back and we need to look at that situation."