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Liddle means a lot to Stanley

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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:44:00

Derby County striker Conor Sammon says he hopes to achieve top-flight football with the Rams after Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni suggested he belonged in the Premier League.

The 26-year old moved to Pride Park from Wigan Athletic last summer and he went on to make his international debut earlier this year after impressing in his first season in the Championship.

Trapattoni had hinted that Sammon, alongside Derby team-mate Jeff Hendrick, should be looking for a Premier League move, but the striker insists he wants to attain that with his current club.

"When I signed for Derby, one of the main reasons was because I could see the size and ambition of the club," he told The Derby Telegraph.

"Everyone around the club is striving to take the next step and there is a real ambition to get promoted back to the Premier League, which I'm delighted about.

"I've loved the challenge of playing more regularly. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to get promoted last season but we'll be working even harder to achieve that next time.

"I'm extremely happy at Derby and I see my future here. As far as I am concerned, I couldn't be at a better place."

The 23-year-old arrived from Sunderland last summer for an undisclosed fee having previously enjoyed a spell on loan at Stanley, racking up a total of 48 appearances to date.

"This is such a good club to be at," Liddle said.

"It's a brilliant club with brilliant lads and I can see it getting even better this year. We work hard for each other on and off the pitch. I think it's going to be a fun, enjoyable and successful year.

"I think once you come here you find it is different to a lot of clubs and you fall in love with it a bit. It's a great place to play your football and I think that's why a lot of lads come back."

Liddle becomes the seventh Accrington player so far this summer to sign a new deal after George Miller, Ian Dunbavin, Laurence Wilson, Dean Winnard, James Gray and Will Hatfield.

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