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Derby County are set to open negotiations over Patrick Bamford, George Thorne and Andre Wisdom

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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FIRST-TEAM coach Paul Simpson says Derby County will discuss the long-term futures of their loan signings in the coming weeks.

Andre Wisdom, George Thorne and Patrick Bamford have played key roles as the Rams secured a third-place finish in the Championship.

Now the trio are hoping to help the club win promotion through the play-offs.

Wisdom has made 34 consecutive starts since he arrived on loan from Liverpool in October.

Thorne, from West Bromwich Albion, has caught the eye in his nine games after replacing John Eustace in the side and Bamford’s eight goals have earned some vital points.

Bamford has played 20 games since he joined from Chelsea.

The futures of the trio, all 21 or under, will depend on their parent clubs and whether or not they are viewed as part of plans next season.

“We know what we want, it is a case of seeing what the parent clubs want to do with their players,” said Simpson.

“These are all discussions that we need to have over the coming weeks.

“I think they [the players] have shown they can fit into our group, fit into Derby County.

“As a football club, we have shown we can look after them properly and will try and teach them the way Steve McClaren wants to play.”

Defender Zak Whitbread is also on loan at Derby from Leicester City.

The 30-year-old made three starts when he signed in October before he was injured during the first half of the victory at Watford.

Whitbread has been an unused substitute since the draw at Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

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