Derby County captain, Richard Keogh, has signed a new 3-year deal, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

The Rams Tweeted:

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international was out of contract at the end of this season and the club were keen to see him sign a new deal. First-team coach, Paul Simpson, told BBC Radio Derby:

Richard is the last one of a list the club wanted to deal with. “It’s taken a little bit longer than we all would have hoped, but it hasn’t had any bearing on his performances.

Keogh had attracted interest from Burnley during the early transfer window this season after performing solidly for the Rams since joining from Coventry City in 2012.

Head Coach Steve McClaren told

“It’s fantastic news that Richard has signed a new contract; he’s our leader and a fine player. He was the only one left to sign new terms and the future is bright for this Football Club. We have got all our top players, and top young players, on long contracts and that’s pleasing. This team can only improve and can only get better, and with time, it will do.”

Keogh joins the long list of Derby players to have been tied down with new contracts so far this year, following in the footsteps of Craig Bryson, Jamie Ward, Jake Buxton, Craig Forsyth, Chris Martin, Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick.

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