Championship side Derby County have completed a deal to sign Burnley captain Jason Shackell, the club have confirmed.
Shackell returns to Derby County after leaving the club for Burnley in 2012 for a fee of £1.1 million – he made over 120 appearances for the Clarets before leaving for the iPro Stadium, following Burnley’s relegation.
The centre-back’s been a long term target for Paul Clement this summer in an attempt to strengthen their defence, which was arguably their biggest weakness last year.
A Norwich City academy product, he signs a three-year deal, with Derby coughing up £3.5 million for his signature, although the club say they used the £250,000 they won in the Sky Bet Transfer fund competition as part of the deal.
Shackell said the club site following the move: “I’m delighted to sign for Derby County and I’m really excited about the prospect of working with Paul Clement, his coaching staff and the rest of the players.
“There’s a really strong squad here and I’m happy to be part of it.
“Derby have been at the top end of the division for the last few years and I believe that we can be up there again this season, hopefully making that final step and reaching the Premier League.”
Shackell is an impressive signing for Derby in their bid for promotion next year, and could partner Alex Pearce in defence next year which looks like a very good partnership – however he will face competition from fellow centre-back Richard Keogh.
Derby fans… What do you make of this news? Is Shackell a good signing? Do you think he adds to your team? Or is £3.5 million too much? Let us know in the comments below!