Derby can take me to the next level, says Black­man

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

FOOT­BALL NICK Black­man is set­ting his sights on the Premier League af­ter join­ing Cham­pi­onship ti­tle hope­fuls Derby County for £2.5m on a three­and-a-half-year deal.

Black­man, who is 26 and from White­field in Manch­ester, has turned into one of the di­vi­sion’s most highly-re­garded marks­men and he ad­mits the op­por­tu­nity to work with man­ager Paul Cle­ment was too good to turn down.

“Once I heard that Derby were in­ter­ested it was the only place that I wanted to come to,” said Black­man, who has a Jewish mother and played at the 2005 Mac­cabiah Games. “It’s the right place for where I am at in my ca­reer.

“I have had a sam­ple of how Paul Cle­ment works and I al­ways hoped that I would get the chance to work with him again.

“He was a fan­tas­tic coach then and he is do­ing great things in his first full job at Derby now.

“He’s had a great ca­reer and worked at some of the world’s big­gest clubs and ev­ery­thing here is geared up for the Premier League.”

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