According to a report by The Derby Telegraph, Derby County manager Gary Rowett wants to keep Chris Baird at the club next season.
The veteran defender only has a contract which runs until the end of this current campaign but Rowett is keen to trigger the option in his deal which would see him extend his stay by another year – until summer 2018.
Rowett is apparently impressed by Baird’s versatility.
The Northern Ireland international has filled in at right back numerous times this season when Cyrus Christie has missed out through injury.
Baird is also able to play as a centre back or as a defensive midfielder, making him a useful option as cover.
The 35-year-old has been at Derby for two seasons now and he has enjoyed more football this campaign, starting 30 games in all competitions.
Rowett has confirmed that Derby will look to activate this clause and keep him for another year.
“I have had a conversation with him and my opinion is we should activate the clause.
“He is exactly the type of player we want around in the group.
“He has shown that not only is he very versatile, he is also trustworthy in the way he plays the game.
“Just as importantly, his character is right for what we are looking for moving forward.”
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