BRAYFORD BLOW IS CHANCE FOR KIERON
JOHN Brayford’s seasonending hamstring injury was a set-back, but Derby boss Nigel Clough says the upside is that it has given young full-back Kieron Freeman the opportunity to show what he can do.
The 21-year-old has this week signed a three-year contract which will keep him at the Pride Park until 2016.
After joining from East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer, Freeman had to wait patiently for a chance in the first team – and did not make his debut until November.
But since Brayford’s injury in early March, Clough says he has more than staked his claim for a regular place in the team.
“Kieron is a player we have an awful lot of faith in and we think he’s going to be a very good player in the future,” said Clough.
“He’s got all the right attributes to be an extremely good defender and he has got a good opportunity at the moment to build his Championship experience, with John Brayford out injured.
“We’ve been pleased with his progress over the last few months.
“He has had to wait patiently for his chance but his attitude has been excellent from the minute he walked through the door.”
PROMISE: Kieron Freeman