Brighton's Matt Clarke joins Derby on season-long loan deal

DONCASTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Matthew Clarke of Portsmouth during the Sky Bet League Two match between Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth at Keepmoat Stadium on January 5, 2017 in Doncaster, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Image: Matt Clarke joined Brighton from Portsmouth in July for £3.5m

Derby have completed the season-long loan signing of defender Matt Clarke from Brighton.

Clarke joined Brighton from Portsmouth on a four-year deal earlier this summer for an initial £3.5m, becoming Graham Potter's first signing as Seagulls manager.

But Potter is allowing the 22-year-old centre-back to continue his development in the Championship.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu was keen to add a ball-playing central defender to his ranks ahead of the new season.

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