HEAD coach Steve McClaren has spoken of his delight at Jeff Hendrick signing a new long-term contract with Derby County.
The 22-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a four-year deal which will run to 2018.
Hendrick, who was in the final year of his contract, has made 129 appearances for the Rams and impressed McClaren.
“It is fantastic news that Jeff has signed a new long-term contract and it is probably one of the best signings we will make this summer,” said McClaren.
“When myself and the coaching staff were appointed last season we were aware that Jeff was a player with plenty of potential.
“Seeing him first-hand in training every day and in match situations too, it is very clear he has a lot of qualities.
“He ended last season in very good form and made a real impact on the side, so we’ll be looking for exactly the same from him at the start of the new season in August.”
Hendrick played 35 games last season despite missing three months with an ankle injury he suffered in the victory at Yeovil in August.
He finished the season strongly scoring four goals in six starts.
Born in Dublin, Hendrick has won seven caps for the Republic of Ireland.
He made his international debut against Poland in February 2013.
His first start was against World and European Champions Spain four months later.
Hendrick has featured in Ireland’s last three friendlies under new boss Martin O’Neill, against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal.
The contracts of his fellow midfielders at Derby, Will Hughes and Craig Bryson, run to 2016.