Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed the club are in talks with Kelle Roos over a new contract.
Roos moved to Derby in January 2014 after impressing on a trial. He originally joined as a third-choice goalkeeper, an understudy to Lee Grant and Adam Legzdins.
The 26-year-old has seen managers come and go, with Steve McClaren, Darren Wassell, Paul Clement, Nigel Pearson, Chris Powell, Gary Rowett and now Frank Lampard all having spells in charge of the Rams.
Roos’ position has largely been unchanged. He has provided back-up with Scott Carson establishing himself as the club’s number one over the past three seasons.
But with Carson’s form dropping and subsequent injury problems occurring, Roos has finally gotten his chance. The former Nuneaton Town man has started the last eight games, keeping three clean sheets.
Speaking to the club’s official press association ahead of the midweek clash with Millwall, Lampard confirmed talks are underway to extend Roos’ deal while describing him as a positive influence in the dressing room.
Lampard confirms that contract talks are ongoing with @KellsRoos, and he hopes that the club and player can find the best solution. The boss has praised his recent form and he also describes Roos as a positive influence in the dressing room.#DCFCvMFC pic.twitter.com/yEVMaD9i2t
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) February 18, 2019
How Kelle Roos has impressed Derby County fans:
Roos’ current deal expires in the summer, and Derby would be wise to keep him on with Carson’s form on the wane. Moreover, considering his age and recent experience, the 6ft 5″ shot-stopper is only going to get better.
Many Derby fans have been impressed by his performances over the past eight games. Roos has faced Premier League opposition Southampton (2) and Brighton, while he became the first Championship goalkeeper this season to keep a clean sheet at Preston North End following the Rams’ recent 0-0 draw at Deepdale.
Roos has shown his capabilities as a solid shot-stopper, while his distribution is arguably a step up on Carson. With his best years ahead of him, extending his deal at Pride Park is a no-brainer for all parties involved.