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Davies pens Derby deal

Derby County defender, and vice-captain Curtis Davies has agreed a new deal with the club, taking his contract up until the summer of 2020.

Davies, 33, has been a figure of consistency since joining the Rams from Hull City last summer, and has become a firm fans favourite at Pride Park.

The commanding centre-back played all 46 of the Rams' Championship fixtures last season, as well as the two play-off fixtures against Fulham.

The former Hull defender formed a strong partnership with captain Richard Keogh at the heart of the defence, helping the Rams keep 20 clean sheets and become one of the meanest defences in the league.

Davies joined the Rams for a mere £500,000 fee in July 2017, which represented in shift in how Derby went about doing business in the transfer market, previously spending huge sums of money chasing promotion.

It certainly was one of the best moves in the division in terms of value for money, and Davies was arguably unlucky to miss out on being in team of the season.

A real leader in the dressing room and on the pitch, Davies’s promotion and top flight experience proved valuable to Derby last season with Derby reaching the play-offs, and will no doubt be even more valuable this time round, as the Rams look to build another promotion bid under new manager Frank Lampard.

Signing a new deal put’s an end to transfer speculation surrounding the ex-England U21 player, with Gary Rowett’s Stoke reportedly interested.

It will also be seen as the first act of player business under Frank Lampard, and it seems he is tying down those he wants to keep at the club, whilst looking at those players who were out on loan last season, including Craig Bryson, Chris Martin, Jacob Butterfield and Nick Blackman, to see what they can offer the club before he makes any decisions about transfers in or out of the club.

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