Bent has suggested that there was no doubt in his mind over the club he’d be moving to, as Paul Clement nails down his first permanent signing as manager following the Steve McClaren era.
Bent has also suggested that the club is going places under the former Real Madrid assistant, as he looks forward to an exciting future.
“Everyone at the club made me feel so welcome when I first arrived and once my contract was coming to an end at Aston Villa, this was the only place I could see myself coming to,” he said.
“I'd had a difficult few years at Aston Villa and so it was perfect to come here, play games and score goals.”
“Derby County is in good hands and hopefully he can take us places.”
It’s a good piece of business all round because Derby are getting a proven goalscorer who knows the club and the player is getting a platform where he knows he is going to be a big part of the team’s attack.
Bent’s role in Clement’s Derby shouldn’t be too difficult to predict with the majority of the build-up work and creative player happening behind him in midfield.
Bent is the sort of striker who likes to hover on the shoulder of the opposition defence, looking for that way through or looking to get into a good area where he can get onto the end of a decent chance.
Derby deserve credit for getting this deal done quickly, before any other side could come into the equation to poach him away with a potentially more attractive offer.
If the Rams hit the top six next season, there’s every chance Bent will have something to do with it.