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Derby County open contract talks with striker who has no goals this season



Derby County have opened contract talks with Mason Bennett, just four months after being involved in a drink-driving incident, according to The Telegraph.

The 23-year-old striker has been a bit part player at Pride Park this term, making seven appearances in the Championship.

Failing to score in those games, Bennett’s season has failed to take off and off-field drama only added to a poor campaign for the former England U17 youngster.

Bennett and team-mate Tom Lawrence were fined six weeks wages by the club and banned from driving after joining former captain Richard Keogh on a night out in September.

Despite that incident and a lack of form, Bennett is now in talks to extend his deal at the club, seeing his current deal due to expire in the summer.

Derby, who have vastly improved since the turn of the year, prepare to face Hull City this coming weekend as boss Phillip Cocu aims to push his side up the Championship table.

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The Verdict

Bennett has not enjoyed this season, especially after that crazy night out – but being awarded a new contract could act as a kick start for the striker.

A lack of playing time has seen him struggle, but his future does not seem to be over at the club, and if he can knuckle down and focus on improving his form and behaviour, then Derby could have a solid striker in their side.

Derby are on a improved run of form at the moment and Cocu will hope that continues against Hull, and who knows Bennett could play a part…

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