Striker Colin Kazim-Richards says he is delighted to have signed a new contract with Derby County which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The 34-year-old, who initially joined the club on a one-year deal as a free agent in October 2020, has been instrumental to the Rams’ turnaround in form since the appointment of Wayne Rooney as manager.

He has scored seven league goals for the Rams this season, with five coming at Pride Park Stadium, including an equalising strike in the East Midlands Derby on Friday night as Derby drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.

Kazim-Richards’ all-round play has earned plaudits from his team-mates, staff and the supporters, whilst his general upbeat attitude on and off the pitch has been infectious to everyone.

The former Turkey international, who has played in several countries throughout his career and brings great experience to the squad, says he is pleased to get the deal done.

“This has been a good move for me and I think that was one of the main things why the contract was important for me and my family,” he told RamsTV.

“I think with the staff and the team that they’re trying to build and the players that we’ve got, the main thing is the people that work for the club in general are unbelievable to be around.

“It was a very good fit for me and it’s nice to get it over the line now and I can push on and concentrate on the job that I came here to do and that is to push Derby up the table.”

Kazim-Richards’ seven goals in a Derby shirt have come from 25 appearances in all competitions, including a run of 19 successive starts.