It’s been revealed that Derby County will not be re-signing Sam Baldock for a new contract, via Elias Burke.
The forward will not be continuing with the club following the expiration of his contract, which runs until January 17.
Baldock, 32, featured 13 times for Derby in the Championship this season, making 12 starts. The former Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion player scored twice for the side bottom of the table.
The player was signed on a short-term deal in the Summer, but has failed to make himself a permanent fixture in the Derby County side.
His last appearance for the club came in the FA Cup defeat to Coventry City last weekend. Baldock was a 79th minute substitute for Ravel Morrison, as the team fell to a 1-0 loss in the Third Round.
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Derby County are hopeful of bringing in players soon, with Wayne Rooney revealing that the club have players ready to come in.
The Rams received a 21-point deduction this season for going into administration, which has seen them drop to the very bottom of the Championship table.
Rooney’s side still have 11-points despite the points penalty. They are 11-points adrift from safety going into the second half of the season, but their recent form has seen them win three of their last four games and draw the other.
Their next game comes at Pride Park against Sheffield United, who themselves are in the middle of a four game winning run. The two sides meet on January 15.
This decision makes a lot of sense. Baldock didn’t do enough for Derby to consider keeping him and this now frees up money on their wage bill.
Rooney admitted a decision will be made soon on a potential buyer, which should allow them to bring in the players he alluded to signing.
Rooney will need someone who can more consistently get goals than Baldock had proven. If an upgrade can be secured, it would be a massive step in helping the club survive relegation this season.