Barker joy at Derby deal

Clough happy to win chase for Blackpool defender

Barker: Made the right choice

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Shaun Barker is confident he has made the right decision after signing for Derby County from Blackpool.

The defender has signed a three-year contract at Pride Park, but had also been wanted by the Rams' local rivals Nottingham Forest.

Skysports.com had confirmed Derby had won the chase for Barker and the 26-year-old is relishing the chance to play for Nigel Clough's side.

"It's been a whirlwind 24 hours, but it's great to finally be a Derby County player and I can't wait to get started," Barker told the club's official website.

"Obviously the speculation has been around for most of the summer, but until you are actually told you can go and talk to a club then it remains just that, speculation.

"As soon as I spoke to the manager I knew this was the right place for me to be.

"He has a very clear vision for where he wants to take the club and made me feel part of it.

"There is a positive feeling about this place and there are already some really good players in the dressing room.

"Another big factor about Derby County is the supporters; they turn out in unbelievable numbers week in, week out and to play in front of 33,000 people at Pride Park will be incredible."

In his prime

Barker had been one of Clough's top transfer targets of the summer and the Derby boss is delighted to have secured the versatile stopper.

Clough said: "At 26 years old he is in his prime and has all the attributes we are looking for in a centre-half.

"His attitude and character are first class and we have no doubt that he will be a valuable addition to our squad for the season ahead.

"Shaun knows there is tough competition for places here, but he's shown a great desire to come and play for this football club and be part of what we are trying to achieve."