The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

RICHARD Keogh can­not wait to pen the lat­est chap­ter of his ‘amaz­ing jour­ney’ with Derby County af­ter be­ing in­formed that he will keep the cap­tain’s arm­band this sea­son.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional, who turned 31 on Fri­day, lost the arm­band to Chris Baird un­der Paul Clement’s reign at Pride Park in the 2015-16 sea­son but was re­in­stated when the cur­rent Swansea City boss was sacked.

De­fender Keogh also says that he is de­ter­mined not to let ‘a few neg­a­tive peo­ple’ im­pact on his time with a club he holds so dearly to his heart.

“It’s amaz­ing. Ever since I’ve come through this door, it’s been a great jour­ney and I’ve loved ev­ery sec­ond of it,” said the Derby skip­per.

“I’m not go­ing to let a few neg­a­tive peo­ple ruin what I’ve cre­ated at this foot­ball club for my­self and the re­la­tion­ship I’ve got with the club and the fans.

“My re­la­tion­ship with the fans has been fan­tas­tic and, hope­fully, I can make a few more mem­o­ries.

“It’s been an amaz­ing jour­ney and I can’t be­lieve how quick it’s gone. This is my sixth sea­son and it’s gone in a flash.

“I love play­ing for the foot­ball club and you can see how much it means to me when I step onto the field in ev­ery game I play.

“Hope­fully, we can make some great mem­o­ries to­gether.”

Sum­mer sign­ings Cur­tis Davies and Tom Hud­dle­stone have ar­rived with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and Keogh be­lieves that the Rams will ben­e­fit from hav­ing as many lead­ers on the pitch as pos­si­ble.

“It’s vi­tally im­por­tant – I don’t think you can have too many peo­ple like that,” said Keogh.

“From my point of view, it def­i­nitely helps me. It’s great to lean on th­ese peo­ple.

“We’ve lost a few big char­ac­ters over the years.”

ARM­BAND: Richard Keogh

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