Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Burton Albion 'still want to go forward'

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Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says his side "still want to go forward" as the club prepares for its first ever season in League One.

Burton were promoted as champions of League Two last season.

"We still want to go forward. I think there are still a lot of improvements to be made," former Leeds, Chelsea and Netherlands striker Hasselbaink told BBC Midlands Today.

"We are solid and we want to keep the belief and progress."

He continued: "My expectations are hard work and improving the players. That's what we have to do day in day out, and improving the club going forward off the pitch as well. I think we're going in the right direction.

"As sport people, you always want to play at the highest level. These boys and the club are no different."

Hasselbaink, who joined Burton in November, has strengthened his title-winning squad during the summer, with Crystal Palace defender Jerome Binnon-Williams the latest addition on a season-long loan.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has won 19 of his 30 games as Burton manager

"We are a league higher and we're preparing to the best of our ability to make sure that we're going to try and be ready for the first game," said Hasselbaink.

"We're watching as many games as possible in League One - learning, adopting, being flexible and improving."

When asked about his target for the season, the 43-year-old added: "To do as well as possible. Our target is to make sure that we're prepared as well as possible for every game, and to make sure that we're in the game and trying to win every game.

"I don't want to just be a number, I want to be a team who are really going for it and ready to compete with whoever is in front of us."

The Brewers start their League One campaign at home against Scunthorpe United on 8 August.

Hasselbaink was talking to BBC Midlands Today's Laura McMullan.

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