Lee Grant: Derby will be promotion favourites next season

Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant believes that their squad is one of the strongest in the Championship.

Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant has told the club's official site that his side will be contenders for promotion again next season.

Derby missed out on a play-off spot this season after a disastrous run of just two wins in their last 13 fixtures saw them fall down the table, but Grant is determined not to feel sorry for himself.

He says that the squad have enough quality already in their ranks to make it into the Premier League and he is determined to help the team get over the line next term. 

“Undoubtedly, when you look at the ability of the squad and when you look at how we have played for the most part of the season, it tells you that we are going to be strong contenders again next season," he said. 

“We want to make sure that we are not only contenders but we actually achieve everything that we set out to. It will be well documented that promotion is what this squad is after.”

Grant's form towards the end of the season was one of the reasons that Derby's form dipped, as he seemed to be particularly error-prone when the pressure was on.

The 32-year-old is normally one of the most reliable stoppers in the Championship, but he looked nervy as the season reached crunch time and it means that he will go into the season with something to prove next time around.

Grant's analysis of Derby's chances show the confidence that the squad have, despite this disappointment, and they are right to consider themselves one of the favourites for promotion.

The Rams were the standout team in the second tier before injuries struck and, if they do add some more quality over the summer, then Steve McClaren's side will be in with a chance of making it third time lucky next campaign. 

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