Warnock denies Leeds contract offer, thanks Dave Hockaday for his support

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New Derby County defender was speaking about his time at Leeds United.

Stephen Warnock has denied suggestions he turned down a contract offer from Leeds, in an interview with BBC Radio Derbyshire.

Warnock, 33, clinched a surprise mid-season from to Derby County on Thursday, signing an 18-month deal with the Rams.

He said: "No I wasn't (offered a new deal). You want stability, to know where your going to be playing, every player wants that.

"You've seen headlines with Steven Gerrard, the biggest players in the world are no different to those in lower leagues they all want that stability, always want to be wanted as well."

His assertion he was not offered a new contract rings true with comments from Massimo Cellino, who had told The Sun earlier this week he would decide at the end of the season.

The Italian said: "Warnock asked me on Saturday for two more years of contract. I said ‘we will see at the end of the year’. When a player is 30, they will only get a year-by-year contract — that is my rule."

While Warnock did not get the two years extra he craved, essentially adding an extra year to his Leeds deal, he ensured he was not waiting until the end of the season to find a club, when it is more competitive with a number of out of contract players.

He has landed in a great spot with Derby, who sit in the automatic promotion places and Warnock has a chance of playing Premier League football next season. With Leeds battling the drop to League One, he is in a far more secure place in terms of stability than had his contract been allowed to run down.

Warnock also revealed that Cellino was happy for him to leave in the summer, with then manager Dave Hockaday fighting to keep him.

"This year Dave Hockaday stood my ground against the chairman and wanted me involved, the chairman was quite happy to let me move on. He stood my corner and gave me a chance and hopefully I've proved him right."

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