Chris Baird: Derby County sign Northern Ireland defender

Chris Baird (right) in action against Nani of Portugal
Chris Baird (right) has won 72 caps for Northern Ireland since making his international debut in 2003

Derby County have signed Northern Ireland international defender Chris Baird on a two-year contract.

The 33-year-old, who has 72 caps, left Premier League side West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season.

Baird, who played 24 times for the Baggies last term, becomes the fifth player to join the Rams since new manager Paul Clement took charge.

"He is an excellent professional and an important addition on the pitch and in the dressing room," Clement said.external-link

Baird began his career with Southampton and also played for Fulham, Reading and Burnley before joining Albion in July 2014.

Derby have already signed Darren Bent, Alex Pearce, Scott Carson and Andreas Weimann since the end of last season.

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