Richard Keogh: Derby County captain signs new contract

Richard Keogh
Keogh played 47 times for Derby last season and has started every match so far this term

Derby County captain Richard Keogh has signed a new deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2017.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international was out of contract at the end of this season and had been attracting interest from Burnley.

First-team coach Paul Simpson told BBC Radio Derby: "Richard is the last one of a list the club wanted to deal with.

"It's taken a little bit longer than we all would have hoped, but it hasn't had any bearing on his performances."

Striker Chris Martin and midfielders Will Hughes and Craig Bryson are three others from last season's squad who have signed new contracts, and Simpson said he was thrilled Keogh has now followed suit.

New Derby County deals
Craig Bryson, five yearsCraig Forsyth, four years
Jamie Ward, two yearsWill Hughes, four years
Jake Buxton, three yearsJeff Hendrick, four years
Chris Martin, four years

"He's continued to be strong and lead the team and hopefully now that little issue has been dealt with he can move on and get even better for us," he added.

"We talk about the whole team being leaders as we have a senior group. But he has the captain's armband and does that role very, very well.

"Even if he's not talking, he's leading by example, but even with the style of football we want to play, he's a very important part of that."