McClaren happy to add Warnock experience

January 15, 2015 13:17:26 UK

Derby County boss Steve McClaren is delighted to have landed veteran defender Stephen Warnock for what he accepts are an ‘extremely important’ few months for his side.

The 33-year-old left-back has joined the Rams in an undisclosed deal from Leeds United, with McClaren feeling that the experience of the former England international will help his side in their push to secure promotion to the Premier League.

We’re growing in belief as the season goes on and we’re getting better and better.

Chris Martin

He told his club’s official website: “He is a solid and experienced defender who certainly strengthens our defensive options for the remaining months of the season.

“The next few months are going to be extremely important for us and it is vital to have a strong squad to call upon.”

The Rams are currently in second place in the Championship table, behind leaders Bournemouth on goal difference only – with Derby 1.57 to be promoted and 3.00 to win the Championship title.

And striker Chris Martin is relishing the challenge of the promotion run-in, as he feels his side are getting better as the games come and go, with County currently preparing for a grudge East Midlands derby against Nottingham Forest at lunchtime on Saturday.

Martin told the Evening Telegraph: “The games seem to be getting bigger and bigger as the season goes on and that will continue to be the case, as long as we’re up there.

“These are massive games and that’s what you relish as a player. You want to play in them and deal with that sort of pressure.

“You see it as an opportunity to show what you can do – we’re growing in belief as the season goes on and we’re getting better and better.”

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