It was announced yesterday that Derby County had managed to convince highly-rated England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes in to signing a long-term deal which will see him contracted to the club until 2018.
The report on the official Derby County website states: ‘’England Under-21 international Will Hughes has become the latest player to commit his future to Derby County, after the 19-year-old today put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal."
‘’The Rams’ Academy graduate has penned fresh terms which has extended the midfielder’s contract by four years to the summer of 2018."
‘’Hughes’ performances in a Derby shirt last season saw him named in the PFA Championship ‘Team of the Season’ in April this year.’’
Derby County Head Coach Steve McClaren said: ‘’we’re pleased that Will has decided to extend his contract with Derby County for the next four years. He is a promising young talent and we’re looking forward to working with him over the next few years to help continue his development.’’
The news was met with unsurprising jubilation from Derby County supporters who have constantly raved about the talented teenager since his emergence into the first-team in a 3-2 defeat to Peterborough United in November 2011, aged just 16.
Liverpool supporters, however, met the news with a mixed reaction with some celebrating the fact he will stay on and gain invaluable first-team football with a view to a future transfer to Anfield, but others criticising the choice of the young midfielder labelling it a ‘waste of talent’.
We take a look at some of the reaction as seen on Twitter.
On the whole, the decision is seen, by the majority, as a good decision by Will Hughes to sign up with Derby County and it will undoubtedly boost their confidence about promotion going into next season.
The Rams finished third last season and was cruelly dumped out of the play-off final at the hands of Queens Park Rangers despite dominating the majority of the game.
Therefore, it gives Hughes and Derby a chance to show their character next season and go one better next season and win promotion to the Championship after a seven year drought.