Derby County have completed the signings of three players ahead of the start of the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship season tomorrow.
Defenders Curtis Davies and Richard Stearman, as well as goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, have all signed one-year contracts as free agents.
The trio have been training with manager Wayne Rooney’s squad over the course of pre-season and featured in friendly matches.
Centre-back Davies, 36, needs little introduction to Rams supporters as he has spent the last four seasons with Derby. He racked up 104 appearances for the club in all competitions during that time after joining from Hull City in the summer of 2017, scoring once. He also fought back from a lengthy lay-off with an Achilles injury to help Derby preserve their Championship status on the final day of last season.
Fellow central defender Stearman, 33, has over 500 career appearances to his name after representing Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, Fulham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town to date. He was also part of the Sheffield United side that was promoted to the Premier League in 2018/19 and represented England at various youth international levels.
Allsop, 29, joins Derby after spending the last three seasons at Wycombe Wanderers and was a key member of their promotion-winning side to the Championship in 2019/20. Capped by England at youth international level, the goalkeeper also has Premier League experience to his name from his spell at AFC Bournemouth. He started his career at West Bromwich Albion and has also appeared for several clubs across the EFL.
The trio could feature in Derby’s 2021/22 season-opener at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).