Gareth Roberts to play his final Derby County game against Millwall

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Rams boss Nigel Clough has confirmed that Saturday’s home game against Millwall will be Gareth Roberts’ final match for Derby County.

The experienced defender signed a one-year contract extension last summer, taking his deal to June 2013, but the decision has been made not to extend the 35-year-old’s stay at Pride Park beyond the end of the 2012-13 season.

Roberts agreed to join the Rams in May 2010, before putting pen-to-paper on an initial two-year deal once his contract with Doncaster Rovers had expired on 1st July.

The former Wales international defender made his debut for the side in the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on the opening day of the 2010-11 campaign.

Last season, he scored his first and only goal for the Rams in the 2-1 win against his former club Doncaster Rovers in March 2012, before seeing his contract extended by a further year and a consistent season at left-back.

During the current 2012-13 campaign, Roberts has made 31 appearances for the Rams, and made his 600th senior club appearance against Peterborough United at London Road in October.

In total, he has made 103 appearances for Derby and he is expected to be named in the starting XI for the visit of Millwall on Saturday after loanee Craig Forsyth was called back to Watford earlier this week.

Clough told Rams Player: “Gareth has been incredible for the three years he has been here and the supporters have acknowledged that.

“Physically he is in a great shape, even in pre-season when he came back in July last year, he put a lot of the younger lads to shame.

“He has been a wonderful servant for three years and we will be doing all we can to help secure his future elsewhere.

“He has been helping out with the coaching at the Academy as well, so there is a possibility that he might still be around the place.”

Roberts started his career as a trainee at Liverpool before linking up with Ronnie Whelan at Greek side Panionios.

The left-back returned to England with a loan spell to Tranmere Rovers in August 1999, which was made permanent in November later that year.

Roberts spent nine years at Prenton Park and made almost 270 league appearances for the club, before agreeing terms with Doncaster Rovers in 2006.

He helped Rovers lift the Football League Trophy in his first full season with the club and was part of the side that earned promotion to the Championship via the Play-Offs in 2008 before helping them establish themselves in the second tier of English football.