Pearson signs new Derby deal

Winger commits future with Rams until 2012

Pearson: Raring to improve

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Derby County winger Stephen Pearson has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2012.

The 27-year-old Scotland international struggled with injuries in the two seasons following his arrival from Celtic in January 2007 but has emerged as one of the Rams' key players this campaign, making 11 starts under boss Nigel Clough prior to this weekend's trip to Watford.

Pearson is delighted to have secured his future at Pride Park and can not wait to continue his run in the side.

"It's great to have it all sorted and although I had other options, this is the only place I really want to be," he told the club's official website.

"I'm fit and back in the side and hopefully the Derby supporters will see the best of me now.

"We are building a good squad here and the gaffer and the ownership group have a clear vision and plan of how to make the club and team better.

"Now my future is sorted I can focus on doing my best for the team and making sure we continue to improve."

Clough delighted

Clough is a keen admirer of Pearson's qualities and is expecting him to go from strength to strength now his future has been resolved.

"We believe he is one of the best players in the Championship and is at the stage in his career where he is going to get even better," said Clough.

"Tom Glick (County CEO) has done a great job in getting this deal sorted and it is another big step for us as we look to build our squad for future success."