Jeff Hendrick explains his main aim for after Derby County's challenging season

Derby County's Jeff Hendrick has revealed his main aim for the summer.

Derby County star Jeff Hendrick has explained to the club’s website his aims for the summer after this season has finished.

Hendrick is aiming for more appearances for the Republic of Ireland side after being named the FAI’s International Young Player of the Year.

“There are more games in the summer so the aim for me is to be back fit and firing for those games, but before that my full focus is on what is going on at Derby and trying to achieve our aim come the end of the season,” he said.

It will be encouraging for Derby boss Steve McClaren that one of his younger players is so determined to have an impact at international level, but there’s a lot of hard work to be done following the current international break.

Derby are in a difficult position because their form leading into the break hasn’t been good.

They have seen a lead at the top of the Championship turn into a place in the play-offs, which is the minimum that Steve McClaren will want his team to be aiming for.

Automatic promotion would be the preferred aim but it’s important the team puts an end to the slip in results and consolidates in the top six.

Hendrick is a player who can have a big say over the rest of the season and it’s encouraging that he doesn’t appear to have taken his eye off the ball in terms of his club duties, as he looks ahead to what he could achieve with his country.

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