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DERBY boss Nigel Clough has al­ready started shap­ing his squad for next sea­son – by free­ing up space to sign Wat­ford loa­nee Craig Forsyth.

Long-serv­ing full-back Gareth Roberts has been re­leased af­ter mak­ing more than 100 ap­pear­ances for the Rams. Clough has opted to re­lease the Welsh 34-year old to boost his chances of sign­ing Wat­ford defender Craig Forsyth, who joined on loan in March.

But Clough says the defender could re­main at Pride Park as a coach.

“Gareth’s been bril­liant to have around the place. I wish he was a year or two younger. But we are try­ing to sign Craig Forsyth and we have to move on at some point. Phys­i­cally he is in a great shape, even in pre-sea­son when he came back in July last year, he put a lot of the younger lads to shame.

“He has been a won­der­ful ser­vant for three years and we will be do­ing all we can to help se­cure his fu­ture else­where.

“He has been help­ing out with the coach­ing at the Acad­emy as well, so there is a pos­si­bil­ity that he might still be around the place.”

RAMS EXIT: Gareth Roberts

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