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Eustace joins Derby in loan deal

John Eustace
Eustace has not featured for Watford this year

Derby County have signed John Eustace on loan from Championship rivals Watford until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old midfielder goes straight into the Rams' injury-hit squad for Tuesday's league match against Southampton at St Mary's.

Boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "John was pretty close to the top of our list and we've liked the look of him the past couple of seasons."

Derby have severe injury problems which have decimated their midfield.

Paul Green and Miles Addison have both been ruled out for the season and Stephen Pearson is also sidelined.

Steve Davies missed the win over Bristol City in which Mile Sterjovski played as an emergency central midfielder alongside Robbie Savage.

Clough added: "John can help us in that department. He played a lot for Watford at the start of the season but has struggled to get into the team recently.

"Once he plays a game or two he'll be up to speed, especially with the adrenalin of first-team football."

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