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Rams slap £2m price tag on former Albion star

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

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DERBY County have dismissed rumours Cardiff City are set to seal a £750,000 move for right-back John Brayford.

The former Burton Albion defender has been in excellent form for the Rams this season.

Yesterday he was linked with a move to South Wales but Derby say it will take a lot more than £750,000 to prise away one of the club’s crown jewels.

The 24-year-old, who began his career with the Brewers under Nigel Clough, is being valued at nearer the £2 million mark.

Meanwhile, first-team coach Andy Garner is delighted the talent of 17-year-old star Will Hughes has been recognised.

The midfielder has been named as the Football League’s young player of the month as his stellar displays just keep on getting better.

“Will’s a remarkable player — there’s no other word to use,” said Garner. “He’s been fantastic and a revelation for us this season.

“Full credit to the gaffer (Nigel Clough) because he put him in thinking he’s good enough.

“There’re always slight question marks over a 17-year-old, especially when he’s six stone like Will!

“But the gaffer has always said he can play and he’s never looked back. From his first few games his fitness has improved.

“He’s tackling, working hard and getting back — at the moment he looks a very, very good player.”

Hughes is set to start in a five-man midfield against Hull City at Pride Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, as Derby prepare to name an unchanged line-up.

They have usually started with a 4-4-2 formation at home but it looks likely Conor Sammon will be a lone striker, with wide-men Paul Coutts and Michael Jacobs offering support, along with midfield dynamo Craig Bryson.

Bryson is set to be fit for the match after suffering some soreness in his knee upon his return from injury in the 2-0 win at Bristol City last week.

All of the walking wounded, including the virus-hit Mark O’Brien, will be fit, with only long-term absentees Jamie Ward (hamstring), Jake Buxton and Shaun Barker (both knee) missing.

“We’ve had to be a bit careful in training this week,” said Garner. “At Bristol City we didn’t know who was going to come off.

“We’ve had a few not training and some doing light training.

“On that side, Robbo (Gareth Roberts) is okay, Craig Bryson’s okay and O’B’s (O’Brien) all right.

“No-one wants to play more than Craig does. It was fortunate he was fit enough to play against Bristol City (because the initial diagnosis was for four to six weeks out).

“We’re delighted to have him back.”

Garner expected a tough battle with Hull tonight, with the Tigers boasting the Championship’s best away record.

“It’ll be a very hard game,” said Garner, a former Derby and Burton striker and Gresley Rovers legend. “They’ve got a good squad of players and a good manager.

“They’ll know it’ll be difficult for them too.

“Anyone coming to Pride Park knows we aren’t a bad side.

“They’ll have a few worries as well.”

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