24 year old Frank Fielding will not be representing Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics, Derby County manager Nigel Clough has revealed. “In the Olympic team, he would have had to be used as an over-age player, which probably counted against him. Frank Fielding missed out on Roy Hodgeson’s Euro 2012 squad where 19 year old Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland ,who’s highest level of club experience is league 2, was picked over Fielding. “I think Frank was pretty close on both counts, “Frank is there or thereabouts and he needs to have another good season with us in the Championship” said Clough.
Meanwhile, Saul Deeney should be back in contention next season after being sidelined with a shoulder problem since February 2011. His return means at least one of the keepers from Atkins, Deeney and Legzdins will go out on loan.
Nigel Clough believes The Rams would be an ideal fit for transfer target Michael Jacobs. Derby are very keen to sign the winger ,who can play on the left or right, with discussions currently ongoing. The winger is out of contract however Derby would have to pay compensation as the player is only 20 years of age. Clough remains confident of landing the Cobblers player of the year, despite interest from other clubs. “He’s a player we like and he fits into the profile of a young player with potential who could play a part next season,” said the Rams’ boss. Clough is hoping the Rams can strike a deal with Northampton without the matter going to a tribunal.
On the other hand, the Rumours linking Derby with a move for Bristol Rovers winger Mustapha Carayol appear to be wide of the mark but Rovers say they have recently turned down a bid for Carayol from an unnamed Championship club.
Take a look at Michael Jacobs scoring from a corner in the below video !
Striker Steve Davies turned down a new 3 year deal due to family reasons so he has now been transfer listed. He jas been placed on the transfer list along with Miles Addison, Lee Croft, Chris Maguire and James Bailey. Boss Nigel Clough says the emergence of midfielder Jeff Hendrick is the main reason why James Bailey has been made available for transfer. Bailey won the club’s young player of the year award in 2011 and looked to be a huge prospect for the Rams. “James was a signing who did well – especially in his first season. A couple of injuries have set him back but no one could predict Jeff would come as good as he has so soon and Will Hughes will be there or thereabouts next season so it’s unfortunate that James is sort of surplus.” Nigel Clough said. Meanwhile, Steve Davies being on Derby’s transfer list has thought to have alerted Leeds, Bristol City and Ipswich. Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is keen to take transfer-listed Chris Maguire back to Pittodrie – but knows patience may be the key to landing him. Brown has made several attempts to try and take Maguire back on loan and has been given fresh hope by the fact the striker has been told he is no longer in manager Nigel Clough’s first-team plans. Nigel Clough has also revealed that AFC Bournemouth face competition in their bid to sign defender Miles Addison on a permanent basis. The 23 year old central defender became a popular addition to the Cherries squad (whilst on loan) during the end of season run-in with a string of good performances. St Johnstone may be interested in taking Lee Croft to Scotland permanently after a loan spell there last season.
Take a look at one of Steve Davies’ goals this seasons which helped him claim the club’s top scorer award.
News emerged that Derby’s player of the season Craig Bryson had been called up to the Scotland squad. Scotland manager Craig Levein says Craig Bryson deserves his call-up to the national side ahead of their friendly clash with the United States this weekend. He has been excellent this season and he has scooped all of the player of the year awards at Derby County. We have been watching him for a long time. There was one squad previously that we tried to get him included in but through certain circumstances, that was not possible. He deserves the opportunity. He has progressed through his career very nicely indeed down south and he is doing well.”
Craig Bryson was an un-used substitute as Scotland lost 5-1 to the USA in Florida in an international friendly at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida. Goals: Donovan 3′, 60′, 65′, Bradley 11′, Jones 70′; Cameron (OG) 15′
Scotland Team:McGregor, Bardsley (Martin, 59′), Caldwell, Webster (Berra, 82′), Mulgrew (Wallace 68′), Brown, McArthur (Whittaker, 59′), Bannan (Cowie, 51′), Phillips, Miller (Cpt), Maloney (Mackail-Smith, 82′). Subs not used: Gordon, Russell, Bryson, Gilks
USA: Howard, Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra (Cpt), Johnson; Edu, Bradley, Jones; Donovan, Boyd, Torres
Craig Bryson on his call-up, below.
On Saturday ,follwoing an injury to midfielder Keith Fahey, former Derby midfielder Paul Green was called into Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad. he left the club at the end of the season after rejecting Derby’s new contract offers. Read my player spotlight on him- PAUL GREEN PLAYER SPOTLIGHT