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Derby boss Rowett wants more defenders after Davies arrival

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Derby boss Gary Rowett says he is hoping to sign at least one more defender this summer after the arrival of centre-back Curtis Davies.

The Hull captain, 32, was bought by the Rams for an undisclosed fee, and signed a two-year deal at Pride Park yesterday to become Rowett’s first signing since he took over at the club in March.

It’s an impressive signing, with the former Birmingham defender having made 29 appearances in the Premier League last season, and Rowett wants more additions of a similar ilk as he builds a squad he hopes is capable of promotion.

Speaking to Radio Derby, the manager said: “The defence was one area we were short of in terms of bodies.

“This one [Davies’ signing] ticks a lot of boxes in that sense and we spoke about getting a couple of deals done early and this is one of that couple.”

Rowett added: “You appreciate that the fans are edgy to get one or two deals done but there hasn’t been a lot of action – it’s been really dead.

“There’ll be a flurry of action a week before pre-season starts and a couple of weeks before the start of the season.

“I’d love to say we’ll have our complete squad by 28 June when we come back from pre-season, and it’s our aim, but that’s never going to happen.

“I still think we’ll end up bringing another defender in at some point – the exact position in the back four would be irrelevant at the moment.”

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