Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the news of Kelle Roos’s new deal.
The 6ft 5inch shot-stopper’s previous deal was set to expire in the summer. There were doubts over his future, with Sky Sports reporting interest from Championship rivals Stoke City and Bristol City.
But Roos has opted to remain at Pride Park, signing until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Supporters have been lighted with the 27-year-old’s progress this past season, and they feel his new contract is fully deserved.
Deserved IMO. Hopefully Given can help him over the summer when dealing with crosses. Congrats Roos
— Liam (@LWTS96) June 3, 2019
Roos deserves a new contract however I hope we sign a better keeper as number one if seriously want to push on next season. #dcfc
— Tommy Evans (@derby1884) June 3, 2019
Roos deserves that new deal, was decent in the run in. Still think we need a new number one though, Roos a good back up. #dcfc
— Alex Fisher (@alexrdfisher) June 3, 2019
New contract for Roos – earned based on his performances since coming into the side. Can’t be judged on one mistake. #DCFC #DCFCFans https://t.co/us1Jxy3vsF
— Richard Cusack (@RichardCusackBM) June 3, 2019
Deserved. Expect him to be 2nd choice tho by the start of next season. #dcfc
— Olly Potts (@Real_OllyPotts) June 3, 2019
Kelle Roos’s rise to Derby County number one:
Roos originally joined Derby as an understudy to then-number one Lee Grant, before later providing back up for Scott Carson.
Carson’s drop in form and injury problems saw Roos take over the number one spot in January. The Dutchman has ended up making 24 appearances this season, starting the recent Championship playoff final.
Derby manager Frank Lampard feels assured with Roos between the sticks. His big frame makes him a decent shot-stopper, although there is some work to be done on his aerial command.
Carson, 33, has one more year remaining on his Derby deal. It’s likely the club don’t see him as a long-term solution, whereas Roos still has his best years ahead of him.
The Rams missed out on promotion to the Premier League following their playoff final defeat to Aston Villa. Several players including Ashley Cole, Efe Ambrose and Marcus Olsson have since been released.
Roos, despite largely being a peripheral figure at Pride Park, is now one of the club’s longest-standing players. He joined from Non-League side Nuneaton Town in 2014 and is now an established Championship player.
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