The new deal will run until 2020 and Chris is obviously delighted to commit his future to Derby, “I really am excited and happy to be signing this new contract with Derby County. At the start of this season I was not in the previous manager’s plans, which is a decision that I completely understood and respected. As a result I had the opportunity to move to Fulham on loan, which gave me the chance to play first-team football elsewhere. I am thankful that the board only allowed the move on a temporary basis, because I really didn’t want to leave Derby and my family is settled in the area too. Derby County is a fantastic club with so many things going for it and driven desire to reach the Premier League. I am very happy that the club and the manager see me as part of the long-term future. I am committed to being as successful as I possibly can be with Derby County.”
“Steve McLaren has returned to Derby and having previously worked with Chris, knows first hand what he can offer and this new contract is testament to that…” Alex Levack – Sidekick Management
Alex Levack said “we are all really pleased for Chris who is a committed professional. It’s never nice to be told that you aren’t required at a club but Chris has gone on loan to Fulham and showed consistently what he can do and continue to score and create goals. Steve McLaren has returned to Derby and having previously worked with Chris, knows first hand what he can offer and this new contract is testament to that”.