Richard Keogh pens new Derby deal

Derby captain Richard Keogh has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The Republic of Ireland international celebrated his 30th birthday today by putting pen to paper on the deal that will see him remain a Ram until the summer of 2019.

Keogh, capped 14 times by his country, has made 200 appearances for Derby since joining the club from Coventry in 2012 and was retained as skipper by manager Nigel Pearson shortly after the former Leicester boss arrived at the iPro Stadium this summer.

Pearson said: “We’re extremely pleased that Richard Keogh has signed a new contract with the club. He is an important player for us, both on and off the pitch, so it’s great news that he has committed his future to Derby County for the next three years. As well as being an excellent defender he accepts responsibility on the pitch and that is why he was the natural choice to wear the captain’s armband.”

Keogh, who headed Derby’s winning goal in the 1-0 EFL Cup victory against Grimsby  midweek, said: “I’m thrilled. I’ve loved my four years at the club so far and I get the feeling that even more exciting times are around the corner.”

“I’m really looking forward to knuckling down and helping the club try to achieve promotion this season. We have a great squad and a strong belief that we can achieve something this season.”

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