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Craig Forsyth gets new four-year deal with Derby County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

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STEVE McClaren says Craig Forsyth played a “key role” at both ends of the pitch for Derby County last season and has been rewarded with an extended deal.

Forsyth, ever-present at left-back, has signed a new four-year contract.

The 25-year-old signed a three-year deal when he joined Derby from Watford a year ago.

His new contract takes him to 2018.

He is the second Rams player in as many days to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract following Jeff Hendrick.

“We’re very pleased that Craig Forsyth sees his long-term future with Derby,” said McClaren.

“Off the back of Jeff Hendrick penning a new deal on Thursday, we are pleased that another key member of last season’s team has committed their future to the club.

“Craig has worked hard at his game and that was evident in his performances, especially in the second half of last season when he played a key role at both ends of the pitch.”

Forsyth initially joined Derby from Watford on loan in March 2013 when he made 10 appearances.

His move was made permanent in the summer and he started all 53 fixtures last season.

Forsyth’s consistent performances earned a Scotland call-up and he made his debut as a substitute in the friendly international against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage last month.

Defenders Zak Whitbread and Lee Naylor have signed their one-year deals at Derby.

Whitbread’s is with the option of a further year.

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