Sam Rush: Derby are lucky the club made these decisions last summer

Derby County chief executive am Rush has told the club's website what he wants to be able to say about the club in August.

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush told the side’s website the club is lucky to have sorted out a number of contracts last summer.

Rush feels the Rams are in a good position, with manager Steve McClaren not having to worry about losing his key players over the course of the summer.

However, he has admitted there will be movement in terms of players leaving, which is natural for any club during the close season period.

“We’re fortunate to have the nucleus of excellent players through the fact that we tied up a lot of the players on long-term contracts last summer,” he said.

“We will let some players go, that’s the natural movement in football, but we now want to add to what we have got and have a look at our squad come August and be able to say that this is a really strong group of players.”

The contracted players give McClaren a spine around which he can develop the team, with new players likely to come in.

It’s important that the club works hard in the transfer market because the Rams had a number of influential players on loan towards the end of last season, who proved to be effective.

Jesse Lingard, Tom Ince and Darren Bent are all examples of players that the club may have to replace, but it’s significant that Rush feels some of the hard work has already been done.

It means McClaren doesn’t have to panic and rush into making decisions, which he feels will be crucial in pushing Derby towards where they need to be; the Premier League.

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