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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK
Rams seal Bragstad deal
Bjorn Otto Bragstad
Bragstad (right) playing for Norway in Euro 2000
Derby have signed Norwegian international defender Bjorn Otto Bragstad from Rosenborg for 1.5m.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract after completing a medical at Pride Park.

He will link up with his new team-mates next week on their pre-season tour of Holland and Belgium.

After more than a decade with Rosenborg, Bragstad was eager to take up the challenge of playing in England's Premiership.


"It has always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League. I was waiting for an opportunity so I was very keen when Derby came in for me," he said.

Derby manager Jim Smith had been tracking Bragstad for almost a year.

He sees the player as a key part of a plan to switch from three central defenders to two.

"It strengthens us right down the middle," Smith said. "With Mart Poom, Craig Burley, Branko Strupar and now Bragstad, it gives us a strong backbone.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith tracked Bragstad for nine months

"He's a natural in the air, reads the game very well and he's played at the highest level. He will give us quality and experience and I believe he will do a tremendous job for us."

Bragstad was back in action with Rosenborg just two days after returning from Euro 2000 action with Norway.

He will take a short break before joining Derby next week on their pre-season tour of Holland and Belgium.

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