Kelle Roos has had a contested season with Derby County.
The Dutchman has been in and out of the first-team all season, having played 19 times in the Championship and sharing the no.1 spot with Ben Hamer.
Though it was Hamer who concluded the season as the regular choice keeper, he’s made one less league appearance than Roos this season, who has already matched his record from the last campaign.
It’s been over two months since the last Football League fixture, and Roos shared this update with fans today:
The 6’5 stopper moved to England to join Nuneaton Town in 2013, before signing for Derby in January 2014 following a trial with the club.
He spent his first four-and-a-half seasons at Derby out on-loan though, trying his luck with the likes of Rotherham United, AFC Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers, Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle before finally breaking into the Derby first-team.
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Roos is a well-liked member of the team amongst fans, but they recognise that they don’t have an out-and-out no.1 at the club, and it’ll no doubt be a point of interest for Phillip Cocu in the forthcoming transfer window.
With nine games of the Championship season remaining, Roos could yet sit out the rest of the fixtures. But the position is either his or Hamer’s for the taking, and he could impress enough in training to be involved in Derby’s first game back.
Derby have good strength in depth this season, and the battle between Roos and Hamer is an example of that. Two good, solid Championship keepers who’ve shared the role this season, but Cocu will want either one of them to prevail in time for the next.