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Derby sign Warnock from Championship rivals Leeds

Derby County have signed defender Stephen Warnock from Championship rivals Leeds United.

The 33-year-old England international has signed an 18-month deal with the Rams for an undisclosed fee.

We’re very pleased to welcome Stephen Warnock to Derby County.

He is a solid and experienced defender who certainly strengthens our defensive options for the remaining months of the season.

The next few months are going to be extremely important for us and it is vital to have a strong squad to call upon.

As well as being a very good player he has excellent leadership qualities.

– Steve McClaren, Derby County head coach

Warnock, who was born in Ormskirk, West Lancarshire, began his playing career at Liverpool, making 67 appearances for the Reds.

He has also spent time on loan at Bradford City, Coventry City and Bolton Wanderers, in addition to spells at Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.


Derby sign Jack Butland on one-month loan from Stoke

Derby have signed England Under-21 international goalkeeper Jack Butland on a one-month loan deal from Stoke.

England U21 goalkeeper Jack Butland Credit: PA

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for Butland following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant, who will be out for between four and six weeks after sustaining an ankle problem during Saturday's 3-0 win at Reading.

The 21-year-old is set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

"We're extremely pleased to welcome Jack Butland to Derby County and I would like to extend our thanks to Stoke City for agreeing to let him join us on loan," McClaren told his club's official website.

"Jack is a promising young goalkeeper and after Lee Grant picked up an injury on Saturday, as a management team, we quickly set about identifying someone to come into the group.

"We know a lot about Jack and he is someone who Eric Steele (Derby's goalkeeping coach) rates very highly."

Butland is behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen in the pecking order at Stoke and City boss Mark Hughes has been keen to get him out on loan.

The England Under-21 captain will now get some valuable minutes under his belt in the second tier - as he has done during the last two seasons at Birmingham, Barnsley and more recently Leeds.

Butland joined Stoke from Birmingham in January 2013 for a fee of just over £3 million. He has started three Premier League matches for the Potters.

Derby prove too strong for Carlisle in League Cup tie

Jeff Hendrick (2nd right) celebrates putting Derby ahead Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Derby County proved they were too strong for Carlisle United, coming out 2-0 winers at Brunton Park in their Capital One Cup first round tie.

Despite controlling large parts of the game, it took a set piece after the hour mark to put Derby ahead - Jeff Hendrick heading in from close range after a corner was flicked on.

Carlisle threatened to come back into it, without really putting Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant under pressure. But the win was sealed by last season's top scorer Chris Martin with a smart volley.

That makes Derby the first side through to the second round in this season's competition.

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