Best spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. PA Wire/Press Association Images
Pastures new

Ireland striker Leon Best makes Derby move

The 27-year-old joins Steve McClaren’s side on a season-long loan.

DERBY COUNTY HAVE completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best on a season-long loan deal.

The 27-year-old, who has seven caps for Ireland, moved to Ewood Park for a reported £3million fee in July 2012, but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury soon after joining the Lancashire club.

Best failed to establish himself as a starter at Blackburn when he returned to fitness and he was shipped out on loan to fellow Championship side Sheffield  Wednesday in February, where he scored four goals in 15 league outings.

The former Newcastle United man had been linked with a return to Hillsborough, but Derby — who lost to QPR in May’s Championship play-off final — soon emerged as favourites for his signature.

“I’m extremely pleased that we have been able to sign Leon Best on loan for the season,” Derby manager Steve McClaren told the club’s official website.

“He is a player with Premier League and Championship experience, knows how to score goals and he will provide a different option in our attacking armoury.

“We have been keen to add to our frontline during the summer and Leon is someone that we have discussed at length.

“I’ve spoken to the player and believe he views this loan move as a fresh start, and I can sense he is determined to make the most of the opportunity.”

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