Derby County were handed a major boost last week as the club confirmed that defender Eiran Cashin put pen to paper on a new deal, keeping him at Pride Park until at least 2027.
The Republic of Ireland U21 international has been a mainstay at Derby this term under head coach Paul Warne as the Rams hunt for a return to the Championship. The centre-back has made 37 appearances in all competitions, recording over 3,000 minutes played for the club in the current campaign.
Cashin’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season and the Irishman had garnered interest from clubs in the Premier League, including Europa League outfits Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United.
As a result, Derby County activated a 12-month extension clause in his deal at the beginning of January before officially handing him a new three-year deal a week ago as it was reported that Brighton were keen to strike a pre-agreement with the player ahead of the summer transfer window.
Eiran Cashin has signed a new long term deal at Derby County !🇮🇪
A bit surprised to see him sign a new deal but it’s a great way of keeping his value up from a Derby point of view if they don’t go up this season.
Well earned Cashin👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/qotNXDB1Ev
— Rep of Ireland Player Tracker (@reptracker) February 2, 2024
Nevertheless, Cashin has now committed his long-term future to the Rams. Speaking to club media ahead of the side’s home clash with Shrewsbury Town this weekend, the academy product expressed his delight with signing a new contract [quotes via Derbyshire Live]:
“I’m buzzing, really. I’m buzzing to get it over the line, to get things finalised and now I can just concentrate on my football and the push for promotion,” he said.
“For me, it wasn’t too difficult. As far as I was concerned, I was always a Derby player.”
Furthermore, Cashin made a note of the reported interest from the top-flight but admitted he is solely focused on Derby right now.
“There’s a lot of talk and things that will settle themselves off the pitch. For me, I’ve just got to keep doing the stuff that has got us to where we are right now. I’ve got to keep doing my job and keep doing the right things.”
Cashin is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Derby County squad and so tying him down to a deal until 2027 was an impressive piece of business by the Rams. There is a chance that the 22-year-old doesn’t see out the entire contract, but now the Rams will be owed a handsome fee in return for his services should he be poached by a club in the Premier League.
Warne’s side are merely four points behind league leaders Portsmouth but have a game in hand, while also boasting the joint-second-best defence in League One. Cashin has been instrumental to this success and will continue to be for the rest of the season.