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Shaun Barker signs new Derby County contract

Shaun Barker
Barker turned down Nottingham Forest to join the Rams

Derby County centre-back Shaun Barker has signed an extended contract which will keep him at Pride Park until 2014.

Barker signed a three-year deal when he joined from Blackpool 18 months ago.

But the Championship club wanted to tie last season's player of the year to a longer contract before his current deal moves into its final year.

"I've had a great year and a half and I'm delighted the club see me as a big part of their plans," the 28-year-old told the club website.

"We've made great progress this season and I'm confident we can build on that during the second half of the campaign and beyond.

"The club is run fantastically well from top to bottom... it was a no-brainer for me to put pen to paper."

Manager Nigel Clough added: "Shaun has been one of our most consistent performers over the last year and he is just the type of character we want at the club.

"We want to keep hold of our best players and to have Shaun's signature on the contract so soon after we started talking is a real feather in our cap."

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