Jake Buxton explains his extra motivation at Derby this season

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Derby County defender Jake Buxton has given his thoughts ahead of the new season.

Experienced Derby County defender Jake Buxton has told the club’s official website about the extra motivation he has to succeed this season.

Buxton was late to join the party in terms of the club’s preparations for the new Championship season, but he’s now fully focused on getting fit, staying fit and having a big impact for the side over a difficult campaign.

“It was disappointing to be injured towards the end of last season and also during the summer, so I’m champing at the bit really to get back out there with the lads,” he told dcfc.co.uk.

“There’s been a change of management and staff so there’s a chance to impress and show them what I’m about, but at the moment I’m missing out on that.”

“I hope the Head Coach, and the rest of the staff, see that and like the way I conduct myself.”

Experience will be key

While Buxton may not be fit to start the season for Derby, his experience at some point later in the campaign will be crucial.

Derby are a club under a lot of pressure to succeed this season, with manager Paul Clement having been backed in a big way in the transfer market.

There are going to be times over the next year where the side is placed under real strain and players like Buxton have a responsibility to step forward during difficult periods.

They can offer that little bit of protection to the more creative and influential players, but also face up to the criticism publicly to ensure that the burden is prevented for other players.

Until he gets his chance, he just needs to be patient and conduct himself in the right way as he suggests.

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