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Having joined the club back in 2020/21, Colin Kazim-Richards’ Derby County contract expired this summer.
At 35-years-old he is in the latter stages of his career, and struggled with injuries last season.
“Unfortunately dogged by injury last season, would he be worth of a new contract? I think so.” Jason told FLW.
“If he wants to stay, if the deals right – and presuming most of the deals that we are going to be offering to these players are only really going to be a 12-month deal. If he’s happy to stay around for 12 months, I don’t think it’s a bad signing to bring him back.
“He does offer something – League One is going to be physical. He’s a physical type of player. We just unfortunately didn’t see enough of him last year, due to injury, to see how much he of an impact he would have had on that team.
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“Obviously, the season before he was one of the main reasons Derby stayed up – at League One level he’s going to be useful.
“He’s never had a huge goal scoring record. It’s not always about that for him. That’s not necessarily his game, but of course in a squad that is going to be probably packed up with youngsters again, with one or two experience heads, Colin would be great to have on and off the pitch.
“If he’s willing to stay around, and the rumours are that he is, he’s still training with Derby. So who knows? He may well stay because I think Derby are gonna need pretty much every player who wants to come to Derby, to a standard, and I think Colin does does hit that standard.”
The above recording was made before the arrival of David McGoldrick yesterday, but nevertheless, I’d still be offering Colin Kazim-Richards a new deal at the club.
Our fan pundit outlined the reasons why – he is a physical and experienced player, something the club are lacking in their squad.
In that first season at the club he showed what a useful asset he can be, and I’d certainly back him to hit double figures down in the third tier.
If he does sign a new contract, fingers crossed he can remain healthy. If he does, he can play a good part for Derby in League One next season.