Former Derby County midfielder Tom Huddlestone told trackandball podcast how he wanted to join another Championship club last season and hopes for a new club soon.

Huddlestone came through at Derby before enjoying a long spell in the Premier League.

The former England international re-joined his boyhood club from Hull City in 2017, helping Derby reach the playoffs under Gary Rowett in the 2017-18 campaign.

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Huddlestone fell out of favour under Frank Lampard but returned to the side in the 2019-20 campaign before injuries limited his playing time in the second half of the season.

The holding midfielder then left Pride Park at the end of his contract.

Speaking in the trackandball podcast, Huddlestone explained how he hopes to have two more years in football and sets his sights on a new club ahead of pre-season.

“I was expecting and hoping to be back at a Championship club this season, which didn’t happen. Physically, I am feeling good, and mentally I still want another year or two in football. Hopefully I can get myself in somewhere pre-season, hit the ground running and show people what I can do and what value I can bring to a squad whether it is on the pitch or helping younger players,” Huddlestone explained.

Another of Huddlestone’s former clubs Hull are back in the Championship.

The midfielder told reporters back in March how a return to the Tigers could be a possibility.

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Derby’s current squad situation:

While Derby are light on players, the midfield area is arguably the most complete with Max Bird, Jason Knight, Graeme Shinnie and Louie Watson as potential options.

The Rams’ main focus should be on the defence and signing a regular goal scorer.

Manager Wayne Rooney has a big job on his hands this summer. Moreover, with limited finances, the east Midlands club may be restricted to free transfers and loans.

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