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Savage: I owe Clough everything
Published : 12 Aug 2009 11:40:00Rss feed
The former Wales international signed a one-year contract extension on Monday to keep him at the east midlands club until 2011, just 12 months after being frozen out by previous manager Paul Jewell and made to train with the club's academy players. An experience that Savage claims "broke me". Following a loan spell at League One club Brighton towards the end of last year, Savage even spent four days in Lebanon in November as he mulled over a move to Al Ansar. But since Clough's appointment in January the 34-year-old has enjoyed something of a renaissance, feeling he can "actually be Robbie Savage" for the first time since he joined Derby in January 2008. "Nigel Clough saved my career, no question about it," said Savage. "A year ago I thought I was heading out and I was finished. But he gave me a chance and it's been an amazing turnaround for me and I want to repay the manager's faith in me by finishing my career here. "Since the new gaffer has come in he's given me a new lease of life. I owe this manager so much. I wouldn't go even if a Premier League club came in for me."