JAKE BUXTON SIGNS FOR DERBY FROM BURTON
Ex-Stag Buxton relishing Derby challenge
Evening Post, May 12, 2009
FORMER Mansfield defender Jake Buxton is delighted to have clinched a move from Burton Albion to Championship Derby County.
The 24-year-old central defender has followed Nigel Clough to Pride Park, signing on a free transfer when his current deal expires next month.
Buxton will sign a one-year incentive-based contract with the option of a further 12 months.
It comes just a year after he left the Stags following their relegation from the Football League.
Buxton is determined to meet the biggest challenge of his football career head on.
"It's a dream come true, and I am still dreaming now," said Buxton.
"I have been given a chance at Championship level and now I have to get in the side.
"I am going to give myself the best chance to do that by working hard and showing everybody that I want to play.
"The word desire is used often and it is a strong word. Hopefully, by the end of next season, people will have seen that I have the desire.
Former Ashfield School pupil Buxton is looking forward to working with Clough again, who he rates more highly than any of the Mansfield managers he worked under.
He said: "Nigel left Burton in January and I read some speculation that he might be interested in me.
"I was flattered but didn't really think anything would come of it.
"At Mansfield, I had six or seven managers in six or seven years.
"Some of them are known as legends, like Keith Curle and Carlton Palmer, but they never lived up to Nigel Clough.
"It was an honour to play for him at Burton and now I've come to Derby – it's fantastic for me."
"It will be a bit different to the Pirelli or Field Mill but I can't wait to do it and, hopefully, I'll get the chance."
Derby manager Clough is delighted to have the player on board.
"He has come in knowing we cannot guarantee him one game or one start but he is going to come in and take his chance and give it a go.
"His attitude is first-class and we hope he will surprise a few people. He is one of those lads who will put his body on the line for the team.
"Although he has not got experience at this level, he will make up for that with desire and heart.
"For players to adjust to each level, whether it is up or down, they need time.
"He has the summer to get adjusted to it mentally so he can come back on July 1 and go straight into the first-team squad."
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