Curtis Davies’ contract at Derby County has been extended by a year after the defender played the number of games required to trigger the clause.
The 34-year-old missed the start of the campaign through injury but he has been a regular since late September after Richard Keogh was ruled out for 18 months after sustaining a knee injury in the well-documented car crash involving teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett.
And, Derbyshire Live have revealed that playing each week has done enough for Davies to prolong his stay at Pride Park after the two-year deal he signed in 2018 contained clauses that he has now met.
The ex-West Brom man is sure to face competition for his place as Phillip Cocu looks to strengthen defensively but he has been an influential figure this season and was handed the captaincy after the drink-driving fallout, although Wayne Rooney now has the armband.
This update means that Davies will now enter a fourth year at Derby after joining the Rams from Hull City back in the summer of 2017.
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In an ideal world, Derby would have wanted to assess their options in the summer and they would have decided to give Davies a new deal based on his performances.
However, he has simply had to play each week so they had no choice but to trigger this clause as the experienced centre-back is an important player right now.
So, there’s not much they can do about it but it’s not a bad thing as Davies is still a reliable player and a good figure to have around the club, particularly to the younger players coming through.
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