KEOGH EAGER TO LEAD RAMS TO GLORY
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