Kelle Roos had only been at Nuneaton Town since November but his displays for the Skrill Premier side had caught the attention of many clubs. Derby County have beaten off a host of other teams to sign the highly rated goalkeeper.
Roos spent much of his youth career with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. The 6ft 4in 'keeper then had spells with Willem II and NEC without making a senior appearance for either. However during pre-season last summer Roos came to England to try and win himself a contract.
He had a trial with League One side Bristol City, and was in competition with former Cardiff City goalkeeper Elliot Parish for a contract. Sean O'Driscoll went with Parish but had hoped to sign up Roos and then loan him out. However finances at the club stopped him from signing another 'keeper.
Roos had to wait until November before he secured a contract with a club. Nuneaton took a punt on him and he went on to gain eight clean sheets in 13 appearances. His performances didn't go unnoticed, a host of Premier League and Championship clubs had him scouted, Roos spent a week on trial with Liverpool at the start of this year.
Derby County won the race for his signature, with Roos signing a two and a half-year deal with the club. Nuneaton chief executive Ian Neale said he was sad to see the Dutchman leave:
"He really has been in demand. Just two months ago when he signed for us, not many English clubs knew much about him. Kelle will be missed at the club, despite him only being with us for a very short time. He has every chance of having a brilliant career."
Kelle will probably return to Nuneaton in the summer as Derby have agreed to play the club in a friendly as part of the deal.
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