Derby defender: ‘I want to rejoin former club before I retire’

General view outside the Pride Park Stadium during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Swansea City at the Pride Park, Derby, England on 1 December 2018.

Derby County defender Curtis Davies says he wants to rejoin former club Luton Town before he retires.

The veteran centre-back started his senior career at the Hatters back in 2003 before going on to play for a host of clubs in England’s top two divisions.

Although he is currently a Rams player, Dunstable Today reports that Davies has said he wants to go back to Luton and play for them one final time before he hangs up his boots for good.

When quizzed about a possible return to Kenilworth Road, Davies said: “Yes, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’ve also got dreams of playing for Leyton Orient though, they’re my local team and Luton are the team that I grew up at.

“If there was ever an opportunity, it would be nice in the future, but the biggest thing for me is to keep playing as long as possible, keep playing at the highest level as long as possible and then we’ll see what happens.

”I said many years ago I’d go and take Luton over as manager when Nathan Jones goes to Barcelona, but he ended up going to Stoke unfortunately and he did it in a bit shorter than my time playing.

“So give me two, three years and I’ll be knocking on Mick Harford’s door seeing if he’ll get me through the back door as manager.”

When Derby and Luton recently met in the league, Davies was given a standing ovation by the travelling Luton fans and he called the reception he received “heartwarming”.
Davies added: “Even though I’ve been gone for 14 years now, going on to 15 years, the fans gave me a standing ovation in the corner and it was quite heartwarming.
“I clapped them and I was expecting a little clap back considering they had lost the game, but they all stayed and gave me an ovation.

“It was really, really heartwarming to me and meant a lot, as ultimately some of those fans might be around 20 years old.

“So they wouldn’t have even see me play properly and they’re still giving me an ovation, which shows that I must carry some sort of love the club, the fans were brilliant to me when I was there, especially as a young kid, it was a purple patch, so it’s easy to be really, really positive with a young lads.

“That’s where my roots are and that’s a club I always look for and I’ve always said I would like to potentially get back there one day if it were possible.”