Sam Rush explains the key for Derby County over the summer

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush insists the club are in great shape moving forward.

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush has revealed on the club’s website that the club has already started planning on ways to develop for next season.

Rush says the club are in good shape as they look to move forward, with the key to fine tune things based on the strengths that the club already have.

“We have done a lot of planning already and certainly a lot of the work had been done prior to May,” he said.

“We’re in good shape, it’s just a case of fine tuning now, seeing the depth of our requirements, but we are very lucky to have the support that we have got.”

“We’re in an excellent position. Of course there is disappointment that the objective that we set out hasn’t been achieved, but there is a belief that we are a football club that people can be proud of.”

Derby will be one of the favourites to win promotion into the Premier League next year, with Steve McClaren look to bury the memory of the last two disappointing seasons.

A number of things need to change moving forward, with the Rams badly affected by a period towards the end of last season where injuries stacked up, leaving the side without some of their key players.

The squad also relied on a lot of loan players towards the end of last season, who all have to be replaced.

McClaren has to work out if there was a serious problem with the way his team trained, which led to the injuries or whether the Rams were simply unlucky.

Hopefully after a play-off final defeat and a season outside the top six when the Rams led the table, the side can make no mistakes next year as they look to resume a place in the top flight, which would suit a club of Derby’s size and stature.

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