The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

JAKE Bux­ton says it was an easy de­ci­sion af­ter he ex­tended his con­tract with a new two-year deal at Derby County.

The 28-year-old de­fender has be­come a pop­u­lar fig­ure at the Pride Park since join­ing from Bur­ton Al­bion in 2009, and is cur­rently en­joy­ing what many see as his best sea­son at the club.

And that was enough to per­suade boss Nigel Clough to keep Bux­ton at the club for an­other two years, with an op­tion of a third also on the ta­ble.

Bux­ton ad­mits that the tim­ing of the deal came as a bit of a sur­prise to him, but he didn’t have to think too long be­fore sign­ing it.

“I’m happy to put pen to pa­per, and I see my fu­ture here for the next cou­ple of years,” Bux­ton said.

“It didn’t take a lot of think­ing about – I’m happy here and my fam­ily is here, so the sooner I could get it done, the bet­ter for me.

“The board spoke to me and said they wanted to re­ward me for my per­for­mances this sea­son so I was very grate­ful.

“Hav­ing 14 months left on my deal, I wasn’t really ex­pect­ing it, but I was happy to get it done.”

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