The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Barnes

GARY Rowett is keen to keep Joe Ledley at Derby County.

In Septem­ber, the 30year-old Wales in­ter­na­tional, who had been a free agent af­ter leav­ing Crys­tal Palace, put pen to pa­per on a short-term deal that keeps him at Pride Park un­til Jan­uary.

The mid­fielder has suit­ably im­pressed so far in a Rams shirt, scor­ing once in six Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances.

Derby man­ager Rowett says that he is keen to tie Ledley down to a longer deal, even if dis­cus­sions with the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been kept mostly un­der wraps.

Speak­ing on Thurs­day, Rowett said: “We sat down about ten days ago with Joe and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives and I made it clear that my in­ten­tion is to keep him.

“There has been a lot of spec­u­la­tion over whether or not we would do that and, of course, un­til there is fi­nal news, ev­ery­one thinks you are not try­ing to do that.

“The re­al­ity is we want to try and keep him. Of course, that will be down to the club, Joe and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“I think he has really en­joyed it here – he has loved be­ing back play­ing.

“We are hope­ful we can come to some sort of longer agree­ment, be­cause he has proved he is in­te­gral to what we are do­ing.”

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Joe Ledley

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