FIRST-TEAM coach Paul Simpson says the transfer talk surrounding player-of-the-year Craig Bryson will not disturb Derby County’s preparations for the new season, writes STEVE NICHOLSON.
Derby this week rejected a bid for Bryson from newly promoted Burnley.
But according to reports, the 27-year-old Scottish international midfielder has had talks with Burnley after the Clarets activated a clause in the player’s contract.
Bryson has undergone fitness testing with the rest of the Rams squad in the past couple of days and was expected to begin training at Moor Farm today.
Asked about the Bryson situation, Simpson said: “It does not unsettle the staff because we are still planning the same way.
“The club has turned the bid down, that is what we have been told and we just plan as normal.
“These things happen all the time. Last January, there was speculation all the time that maybe Will Hughes could be leaving the club.
“So, it is the same type of story but a different name, and we just have to get on and plan that Craig Bryson will be with us, and will be with us until somebody tells us different.”
Derby say they are now in discussions with Bryson regarding a contract extension. His current deal runs to 2016.
Skipper Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and Simon Dawkins have been given an extra week before they return to pre-season training.
All three were on international duty until earlier this month. Keogh and Hendrick with the Republic of Ireland, Dawkins with Jamaica.
“They will be in next Wednesday for fitness testing before they start training the following day,” said Simpson.
Argentinian right back Eros Medaglia has joined Derby on trial for a couple of weeks.
The 19-year-old is from Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, based in Buenos Aires and who play in Argentina’s Premier Division.
“We are just going to have a look at him, there is nothing definite with it,” said Simpson.
“There are going to be a few trialists pre-season. They will come and go, and hopefully be up to the level. It is a chance to have a look at players.
“Ideally, we want to be looking closer to home, British-based players, players with pedigree in the English game.
“But if the odd one pops out who has not played in England and we believe can improve us, then we will look at that.”