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Derby send Ireland striker Leon Best back to Blackburn


Leon Best

Leon Best

Leon Best

DERBY County have confirmed that Leon Best's time at the club is up and that he has returned to parent club Blackburn Rovers.

The Ireland striker, who has a season left on his contract with Blackburn, joined Derby on loan at the start of the campaign but he failed to score in 20 appearances for the Rams, and the arrival of Darren Bent on loan from Aston Villa means there's now no room for Best.

"We have had a great relationship with Leon. He has been great," said Derby head coach Steve McClaren.

"We talked about pushing Chrissy Martin, being there and challenging. He's done that - but Chrissy has been incredible in the first half of the season and that means Besty has not had many chances.

"You cannot fault his attitude or his professionalism. He has been great in the dressing room, not been an ounce of trouble, got on with his work and always been there.

"Unfortunately, it's not worked out. We sat and had a talk about the future. He wants to play football and we couldn't guarantee he would be playing that here regularly.

"He wanted that. I think he has got opportunities to do that. So in the best interests of both parties, a parting of the ways was inevitable." Best will now hold talks with Blackburn but it appears he has no future there.