Shaun Barker comments on Derby release via Twitter, says he's disappointed

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Derby County's Shaun Barker is to leave the club this summer.

Derby County midfielder Shaun Barker has conveyed his feelings after being told his contract will not be renewed.

The 32-year-old took to Twitter to explain he had hoped he would get one last shot at proving himself at the club.

Barker, who lists himself on his profile still as the Derby club captain, has not played a single Championship game this season. 

The centre-back has though recovered from a torn knee ligament, and has played in two under-21 games since returning to fitness.

Barker was keen to admit he still dreams of a return to the iPro Stadium with another Championship club, to say goodbye properly to Rams fans.

Here is a look at what he had to say on Twitter...

Barker has been at Derby since 2009 when he signed from Blackpool, previously playing for Rotherham United.

Injuries restricted him to only 105 appearances in six seasons, in which he scored six goals.

With Derby likely to be battling for promotion next season again and competition for places intense, a fresh start may be the best solution for Barker to play regularly, as tough as it may be for him.

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