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Derby County sign Frank Fielding and Michael Boulding

Frank Fielding
England Under-21 keeper Fielding played 10 games for Derby this term

Derby County have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Frank Fielding on loan and veteran striker Michael Boulding on non-contract terms.

Fielding, 22, has joined until the end of the season having played 10 games for the Rams during another loan spell in October and November.

Rams manager Nigel Clough moved for Fielding after Stephen Bywater and Saul Deeney suffered injuries this week.

Boulding, 35, has not played since his release by Bradford City in March 2010.

Clough told the club website: "We are delighted to have brought Frank back to the club. He will go straight into the team for Saturday."

Deeney hurt his shoulder in training on Monday, with Bywater then suffering a muscle injury during Tuesday's home defeat by Hull City.

We know Frank and he knows about us, so it's an obvious choice

Nigel Clough

Clough said he was relieved to have Fielding back on board at a time when he has potentially lost Deeney for the rest of the season and is unsure how long Bywater will be out for.

He added: "It's typical of our luck at the moment that we lost both of our keepers to injury in the space of 24 hours earlier in the week, leaving us in a predicament for our trip to Sheffield United.

"Saul will be out of action for a number of months and at the moment we don't know when Stephen is going to be available to us again.

"We know Frank and he knows about us, so it's an obvious choice and we are pleased to have got this one over the line as there were a number of other Championship teams who wanted to take him."

Boulding's most notable spells have come at Mansfield, Grimsby, Barnsley and Bradford. He had an unsuccessful trial at Barnsley in the summer.



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