Max Bird has signed a new contract with Championship side Derby County.

The 18-year-old has penned a new deal until 2022, as announced by the Rams’ official club website this morning.

Bird has burst onto the scene for Frank Lampard’s side this season and has made seven appearances so far.

He made his first-team debut for Derby in September 2017 against Barnsley in the League Cup when he was just 16. Bird is being tipped for a big future by the Rams.

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After signing a new contract today, Bird told their club website: “It was a no brainer for me to sign the contract, having the season that I have had and just wanting to keep improving and keeping my head down,”

“This is my second home, I’ve been here for around eight years now. It is about coming in every day and having the mindset to work hard and trying to keep improving. I am a big believer in if you work hard, you get your rewards at the end of it.”

Bird was also full of praise for Lampard, who has given him a chance this season: “The manager has been brilliant with me, on and off the field. He has helped me with my shooting, which was a weak point in my game. We stay out after training and do some drills a couple of times a week and he talks to me after about technique.”

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“When he has put me in he has just told me to enjoy it and be confident, that does give me a lot of confidence knowing that Frank Lampard is believing in you.”

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