Derby agree two-year Roberts deal

13 May 2010 03:52
Derby County have agreed a two-year contract with experienced Doncaster Rovers left-back Gareth Roberts.The 32-year-old Wales international, whose deal with Rovers expires at the end of June, will complete his move to Pride Park on 1 July. [LNB]Manager Nigel Clough told the club's website: "Gareth is an accomplished and steady defender. [LNB]"He is vastly experienced and has been on our target list for some time. We are pleased he has chosen to join us." [LNB]Rovers had offered Roberts a new deal but boss Sean O'Driscoll said his side could not compete with the terms that Derby were offering.[LNB] Remember Robbo was 32 years old and do you really want to be offering a player of his age a two-year deal on high wages? minatherover "We are aware of the figures that Derby are prepared to go to and are not in the same league," O'Driscoll said. [LNB]"It would be very difficult for a player to turn that down." [LNB]Roberts is the obvious replacement for full-back Jay McEveley, who has not been offered a new contract by the Rams. [LNB]Roberts was at Tranmere Rovers for seven years before joining Doncaster in 2006. [LNB]He made more than 150 appearances for the club and played a key role in helping them win promotion to the Championship.

Source: BBC_Sport