Derby County are delighted to confirm that Curtis Davies has extended his contract with the club.

The extension ties the 33-year-old defender, whose performances saw him nominated for the PFA Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year award at the end of the 2017/18 season, to Pride Park Stadium until the end of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Speaking about Davies’ contract extension, Frank Lampard, the Rams’ manager, told “Curtis is hugely important from my point of view as a manager.

“He’s an experienced player and is someone who has had many years at the top. He’s got Premier League experience and it’s clear that he had a fantastic first year at the club last season.

“He made himself very well liked on and off the pitch with the fans and his team-mates and he is massively important as a character in the dressing room.

“His level of consistency last season, and throughout his career as well, has been top drawer.

“It’s brilliant news for myself and everyone at Derby County that he has extended his time here.”

The commanding centre-back enjoyed a superb first season with the Rams in 2017/18 after joining for an undisclosed fee from Hull City last summer and started all 48 league and play-off matches as Derby secured a third play-off finish in five years.

In that period, Derby recorded 20 clean sheets with the former England Under-21 international at the heart of the defence, whilst Davies also scored his first goal for the club in an emphatic 5-0 win at Pride Park against Hull City in September 2017.

He also wore the captain’s armband for the final six games of the 2017/18 season.

In total, Davies has clocked up 512 competitive career appearances – 494 of which have been starts – since starting out with Luton Town. The defender has also represented West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Birmingham City and Hull City.