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Derby midfielder Barker has no Blackpool regrets

Derby County midfielder Shaun Barker stands by his decision to quit Blackpool last season.

Barker, 28, insists he made the right choice and would do the same thing again.

He told The Sun: "It's funny how things work out. Obviously I made the move with a long-term view to getting in the Premier League.

"People have said I must be gutted but in the same situation, I'd make the same choice. I looked at the reality, everything was right. A bigger club, more money - and I don't care what some say, that's a big thing.

"I had an offer to improve my life, move back to my family and do the right thing for my two-year-old daughter.

"People go on about how much footballers earn but it's a short career and outside the top level you need to be careful and do right for your family. I was looking at one day playing in the Premier League and everything at Derby seemed right."

Barker even watched Blackpool's play-off final win over Cardiff and can just about admit to his mixed emotions.

He added: "I was delighted for them but there is bound to be that little thought of 'What if?'

"What Ian Holloway has done there is beyond comprehension."

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