Derby County boss Steve McClaren wants to keep loan players

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren says that he is keen to keep hold of the club's on-loan players following his side's defeat in the Championship playoff final.

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren has said that he is keen to keep hold of the club's on-loan players.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder George Thorne, Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom helped the Rams to forge a promotion push in the Championship this season.

Derby's hopes of Premier League football were ended in the playoff final at Wembley on Saturday, where they lost to Queens Park Rangers.

"The next stage is keeping the players we have under contract together," McClaren told Sky Sports News.

"I'd like to sort out the likes of Wisdom and Thorne and Bamford. Maybe we have a chance of getting them back because I think they've enjoyed their time here.

"We'll look back with a bit of anger, sadness and remorse but in a few days when we talk of the future, it looks bright."

Derby ended the regular season third in the Championship table.

Derby's Will Hughes is mobbed by teammates after scoring the opening goal against Brighton during their play-off semi-final match on May 11, 2014
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