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McClaren feels he can get the very Best from Leon

DERBY boss Steve McClaren feels that Ireland striker Leon Best can finally fulfil his potential with the Rams.

Best, still only 27, has joined Derby on a two-year deal following a frustration spell at Blackburn Rovers and while he has yet to score in two appearances for the side, Best can make an impact at the club, according to his manager. "Leon has not developed his full talent although he has had injuries," said McClaren.

"He seemed to find his home at Newcastle United where he scored goals and looked a good player. We want Derby to be his second home where he feels comfortable and starts fulfilling his potential again. He is capable of doing that. He is only 27, and we believe in him."

Best won the last of his seven caps against Brazil in 2010 but the player is on record as saying that he wants to revive his international career.

Meanwhile, Irish midfielder Stephen Dawson has joined Rochdale from their League One rivals Barnsley.

The 28-year-old made 37 league appearances for Barsley last season as they were relegated from the Championship and while the Tykes had offered the Dubliner a new deal, he was keen to move on and has now hooked up with Rochdale.

Dawson previously played for Leicester, Bury, Mansfield and Orient, and the move to Rochdale will see him line out against his brother, Yeovil midfielder Kevin, this season.

Former Derry City man Paddy McCourt, Dawson's team-mate at Barnsley last season, is also on the move as Championship side Brighton are close to offering him a deal.

McCourt was released following Barnsley's relegation and he had been linked with a move to the USA. But Brighton boss Sammy Hyypia offered the Northern Ireland international a trial and McCourt has impressed the Finn.


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