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Time to leave Derby - 23/09/2003

Time to leave Derby
I leave Derby with the greatest of respect for the club
   Kevin Keegan
   Sir Bobby Robson
   Terry Venables
   Derby County

After a couple of good years at Derby I feel itís time to move on. Iím fully fit and have been so for the last few weeks. The gaffer hasnít been playing me and at this stage of my career I need first team football. The decision to move has purely been down to the fact that on a Saturday afternoon I want to be pulling on my boots and running out of the tunnel. I could have sat still and collected my wages, but thatís just not in my nature.

Iíve a young family and itís been tough travelling 350 miles just to train and not get a game. Having said that, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and leave on amicable terms. I wish the club all the best in the future. Derby and I have agreed that this is the best thing to do both for both sides, the management, coaches, staff and fans have always been very kind to me and I'll never forget my time here.

Iím at here until the end of the month and during this time Iíll be considering any offers that come in and Iíll take it from there. Although the family is based in London, Iím not particularly looking for a London club, Iíve an open mind and as Iíve said, the major factor will be first team football. Iíd consider most clubs, and geography isnít important. Iím only 34 and feel Iíve still got plenty of football in me. I keep myself fit and during my career Iíve been lucky enough not to have picked up any serious injuries.

I also have my coaching badges and would also be interested in player/coaching role, or even helping out a club on an informal basis. Iíve worked with some great managers in Joe Kinnear, Kevin Keegan, Terry Venables, Sir Bobby Robson and Iíve learnt a lot.  


Finally Iíd like to thank everyone at Derby and wish them all the best. Itís been a tough few years at Pride Park but Iíd like to think that the club is moving forward and someday soon will return to the Premiership.   

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