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Barker Feeling At Home Now

Shaun Barker's early Derby career was severely hampered by a thigh injury. However now, touch wood, the defender is staying fit and showing his best form.

Barker, who has scored three goals in his last 12 matches, admits that he struggled at first but is now enjoying his football but feels there is still much more to come from him in the future.

"It was tough at the start but I'm starting to settle down, enjoy it a bit more and I feel a little bit more commanding.

I still feel I can do better.

Last year at Blackpool - which is where I got all my plaudits from and people started to take notice - I played better than I have this season. I feel like I am getting stronger but I can do a better job for Derby."

The defender, who has been key to helping us move away from relegation trouble (even though this threat isn't yet over), has been identified as a possible future Derby captain and this is seen as an honour.

Barker also admits that he felt the pressure of playing for a club of our stature to begin with but has now got to grips with the expectation levels of playing for a club of our size brings.

"It took a little bit of time for me to settle. It's a big club to come to.

I've played a good few games in this league and done a good job for the teams I've played for.

But I felt a bit of pressure when I first signed; it was big money they paid for me and there are 30,000 fans and there is the expectation of doing a little bit better than I did for Blackpool and Rotherham."

Barker was talking to BBC Radio Derby.

Nigel Clough fought long and hard to bring Barker to Derby from Blackpool, in the early months many of us were left questioning this really! However we're now seeing exactly why the defender was so highly sought and his signing is looking money very well spent.

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Writer: Gazza Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 31 2010

Time: 2:47PM

 

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