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Derby County have today cancelled the professional contracts of Mitchell Hanson, Kallum Keane and Graham Kelly by mutual consent.

The trio were all due to be out of contract at the end of the season, but have opted to cancel their contracts five months early.

Manager Nigel Clough commented: "All three players depart with our best wishes for the future."

22-year-old defender Hanson signed professional terms in 2007 after graduating through the Derby County Academy and made his first-team debut in November 2008 as a substitute in the Rams' Carling Cup victory at Brighton & Hove Albion.

He joined Notts County on a month-long loan deal a few weeks later and was handed a new two-and-a-half year deal upon his return, but he hasn't made a first-team appearance since and missed all of last season with a serious knee injury.

Republic of Ireland youth international defender Keane signed his first professional contract in the summer but didn't break into the first-team squad, and the same applies to midfielder Kelly who recently returned from a four-month loan at League of Ireland Premier League side Bray Wanderers.


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Hanson has been out injured since over a year and a half ago. He has made one reserve appearance this season and was subbed at half time.

He was unlucky with injuries.

Kelly, again had injury problems through much of his second year scholarship and probably found his level when he went on loan to a team at the bottom of the league in Ireland this Autumn. He has also been out with a few injuries for much of this season too. Hendrick was preffered over him and seems to have continued to progress in the reserves this year,.

Keane, is one of three brothers from the same family who were on the Rams books. One of his brothers is with the U15s I think, the other seemed a talented player, but was snapped up from the Rams U16s by Wolves last summer. Keane would have been competing with O'brien next year and probably hasn`t done enough to be given another chance.

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Good luck to all of them.

Who's the guy in the reserves, not o'brian the other young centre back. He looked good against Forest reserves. He looked a mean dude aswell, went nose to nose with there big striker at one point.

Tough-tackling defender Kallum is another Derby player to represent the Republic of Ireland at youth level - although he qualifies through his family having been born in Nottingham.

The centre-half has captained his country in the past and lists that as his proudest moment in football to date.

Keane is highly rated both at Derby and within the Ireland setup and is looking forward to the opportunity to make further strides in his footballing career after signing professional terms in the summer of 2010.

Members, I give you Mr Keane.

Kiss my face.

Quotes from Boycie.

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