The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

DERBY man­ager Gary Rowett says he’s keen to keep Chris Baird at the club next sea­son.

The 35-year-old has played a key role in Rowett’s ten­ure, for his ver­sa­til­ity at ei­ther full-back or cen­tre-back.

Baird’s cur­rent con­tract ex­pires this sum­mer and the Rams have an op­tion to ex­tend it by 12 months – an op­tion the man­ager is keen to take.

“I have had a con­ver­sa­tion with him and my opin­ion is we should ac­ti­vate the clause,” Rowett said. “He is ex­actly the type of player we want around in the group.

“He has shown that not only is he very ver­sa­tile, he is also trust­wor­thy in the way he plays the game.”

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