Rams take Reds keeper on loan
Derby County have signed Brad Jones on loan from Liverpool after Hull City recalled Matt Duke.
Last Updated: 24/03/11 3:37pm
Derby County have solved their goalkeeping concerns by signing Brad Jones on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season.
Frank Fielding has returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of his loan at Pride Park and Rams boss Nigel Clough was intending to use Matt Duke between the posts.
However, Duke has been recalled by parent club Hull City, forcing Clough to bring in Jones to join Liverpool team-mate Daniel Ayala at Derby.
Jones has made just two appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Middlesbrough last August and Clough is happy to have added the Australia international to his squad.
"Matt was due to play for our reserves on Tuesday, but we got a late call from Hull to say they wished to recall him," Clough told the club's official website.
Fits the bill
"They were perfectly entitled to do that as he is their player, so we had to use our contacts pretty quickly to get someone of sufficient quality in the building.
"Brad fits the bill perfectly; he has Premier League experience, Football League experience and - importantly - big-game experience.
"We have some big games coming up between now and May, and he will be our number one in them.
"He hasn't had much first-team football this season, so I'm pretty sure he will be looking forward to the challenge.
"He also knows Daniel Ayala well and he has also played with Shaun Barker in the past which will be good for him when working with the back four going into his first game at Cardiff.
"Liverpool have done us a big favour and I would like to thank Kenny Dalglish and the other officials at Anfield for agreeing to loan another of their players to Derby County."