Tom Huddlestone has reportedly rejected Derby County’s first contract offer, with the midfielder approaching the latter stages of his current deal at Pride Park.
The Athletic claim that the midfielder was offered a new 12-month deal by the club, with an option which would allow the club to extend that deal.
But it is understood that Huddlestone wants a two-year deal at Pride Park, with an option to become a player/coach in the second year.
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It has been a frustrating campaign for Huddlestone, who has found game time hard to come by under Phillip Cocu this season having encountered a number of frustrating injury problems.
The experienced midfielder has made only 11 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship this season, with a hamstring injury keeping him out of action for over three months.
The 33-year-old has made over 90 appearances for Derby, however his time at Pride Park could come to an end if a deal cannot be agreed by the end of next month.
Cocu has a number of big decisions to make on some of his players’ futures this summer, with Chris Martin also reportedly rejecting the club’s first contract offer; a very similar contract to Huddlestone’s.
Here, we take a look at Derby fans’ reactions to Huddlestone rejecting a new deal…
Time to let him go….his pace,or lack of, doesn't allow him to dictate games,and his passing has been erratic at times
— Garry Harrison (@Garry44665335) June 10, 2020
A year with a coaching role would be ideal, a 2 year deal no thanks
— Stefan🏴Broo🐑e (@StefanBroome) June 10, 2020
Sorry let him go, plenty of midfield options.
— Paul Mottershead ⚫⚪ Dcfc 🏴 (@PaulMotto) June 10, 2020
Looking for his last big payday,no thanks .
— Mick McGovern (@mickmcgovern191) June 10, 2020
I don’t think we’ll be giving any players over 30 two year deals any more.
— Daniel (@danndannuk) June 10, 2020
About time too
— Tom 🏴 (@tomDcFc20) June 10, 2020
Would love to have him as a coach, the tips and advice he could give to Bird, Knight, Bielik etc would be massive
— Eddy (@e6dym) June 10, 2020
Too old, too slow get rid
— Dave (@davew_71) June 10, 2020
Time to back our youth players, he was one once and now Max Bird etc need their time in the pitch.
— RammieMan (@RammieM) June 10, 2020
Not sure how Derby or Tom would give anything away regarding contracts , but Tom would be good to have for coaching/player role U23 and 1st team backup.
— NIKOLAI GARBUTT (@salimag) June 10, 2020