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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:52 Thread Starter
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Giles Barnes

Teen sensation Giles Barnes has signed a new contract keeping him with the Rams until 2010.

Derby County secured the services of the 17-year-old midfielder, hailed as one of the brightest young prospects in the professional game, despite interest from Premiership clubs.

The four-year deal comes on the back of a breakthrough 2005/06 season and a summer pre-season campaign that has seen him net four times - including a hat-trick against Burton Albion.

Managing director Mike Horton said: "We've had numerous enquiries from Premier League clubs and two written offers for Giles which were refused.

"We're delighted he sees his future at Derby County."

Having broken into the first team last season at the tender age of 17, the stage is set for one of the country's most exciting young talents to show his worth this time around - and his prolific pre-season goal-scoring exploits bode well.

Barnes graduated from the Derby County Academy in August 2005 when he turned professional on his 17th birthday.

Hopes were already growing that he could make the progression from youth to senior football and an eight-minute debut in a Carling Cup tie saw him excite with flashes of his talent.

Barking-born Barnes made his Championship debut as a substitute the following month, and was on the fringes of the first-team picture until his big moment came on February 1.

He was handed his first senior start by then-caretaker boss Terry Westley, who had nurtured his development at Academy level, and repaid that faith with a performance that belied his years - against arguably the division's toughest midfield in the shape of Sheffield United.

He continued to grow in stature by the game with a series of energetic displays that caught the attentions of some of the country's top teams.

Barnes, an England U18 international, so far has one senior goal to his name - a composed finish in March 2006's 2-2 draw at Watford.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:53 Thread Starter
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Well he's so awesome he deserves his own thread

The bit in bold's interesting, 2 written offers...if the old board was still he, we would have sold him by now.

Someone who knows Giles and his dad, has said he is happy at Derby and one day wants to be the captain

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Barking born? how comes West Ham missed him?
Man Utd snapped him up, then released him

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Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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Good to sign him to a long term contract but I feel he will be gone before that
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Good to sign him to a long term contract but I feel he will be gone before that
Ye of little faith...

He won't go for cheap, and if anyone comes in with a £5 million plus bid, I'd take it anyway.

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It's good to have him tied down, and if anyone wants him, make them pay, look at the silly money Walcott went to Arsenal for, and what exactly has he done, apart from sit on the England bench???
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If Walcott's worth 12 million, Giles is worth 24

He can play more positions and has more skill.

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I agree with you realli, from what I've seen Giles Barnes has been playing for more consistently than Old Theo Walcott, can't compare the 2 at all really
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Giles Barnes sees Derby County as a Premiership club in the Championship and wants to help them back to the top flight.

Premier League clubs have been queuing up to ask about the talented teenager and the Rams have rejected two written offers.

Barnes, who has signed a new four-year deal, is aware of the interest but says he was never tempted to leave.

"I'm flattered but I want to play for Derby," said the midfielder who celebrates his 18th birthday tomorrow.

"My heart is at Derby and I want to be here," he added. "I believe this is a Premiership club in the Championship. I want to reach the Premiership with Derby and I think it is possible.

"I want to be a big part of helping Derby back to the top flight."

Barnes made impressive progress in the second half of last season and started 15 first team matches.

He has also caught the eye during pre-season but is determined to push on.

"You can always develop and learn as a player and that's what I aim to do," he said.

Barnes is also quick to thank the new board and manager Billy Davies for their help.

"They have been tremendous," he said. "They said they wanted to give me a new contract and that's what they've done.

"The gaffer was also a massive influence on my decision. He has a great passion for the club and is a winner and I like that."

Barnes, who was handed his first-team opportunity by former Academy manager Terry Westley, now has a contract which runs to 2010.

Mike Horton says keeping hold of the youngster was absolutely vital for the club.

"Billy, myself and the board wanted to secure the signature of Giles for the long-term and we are delighted to do so," said the managing director.

"We had a number of phone calls from clubs about him and two written offers. We kept the player and his family informed at all times and it was always a short conversation because Giles wanted to stay at Derby.

"It is like signing a multi-million pound player. He feels he can achieve his ambition with Derby. He knows where we want to go and it is where he wants to be."

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Good old Giles he knows it makes sense
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Teenage midfielder Giles Barnes couldn't have enjoyed a better few days if he had tried.

Last Thursday, he signed a new four-year deal to stay at Pride Park after the Rams rejected offers for him from the Premiership.

On Saturday, he turned 18 - almost a year after he made his first-team debut.

On Sunday, he starred in front of the TV cameras as Derby drew 2-2 with Southampton on the opening day of the new season - so much so that he was named as the Sky Sports man of the match.

And on Monday, to complete the set, Barnes found himself in the Coca-Cola Championship Team of the Week for his afternoon's work against the Saints.

Press Association statistics showed that he was one of the division's top-performing central midfielders over the season's opening weekend.


Making an impact already

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Saw him in the Southampton game, future England player, imo. His close control is brilliant, he's fast and he's built to be stronger than the likes of Lennon, Walcott and SWP.

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Saw him in the Southampton game, future England player, imo. His close control is brilliant, he's fast and he's built to be stronger than the likes of Lennon, Walcott and SWP.
Yeah, his build and strength is what can make him really stand out, last season the final ball and finishing wasn't quite there, but he's been in good form in front of goal pre season, so hopefully that will come on, and he'll be great.

I just wonder how long it will be, before a big offer comes in, the board have already shown he won't be sold cheaply to any old Premiership club, witht he 2 rejected offers (I would love too know which club(s) it was).

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Barnes is too good for Spurs, they've turned to signing shyte like Freekick Bale...

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if anyone comes in with a £5 million plus bid, I'd take it anyway.


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they've turned to signing shyte like Freekick Bale...
seeing Jenas take less set pieces can only be a good thing


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seeing Jenas take less set pieces can only be a good thing
I agree.

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