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Conor Sammon remains fully committed to Derby County and is paying little attention to speculation regarding his future.

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Conor Sammon: Has had to be patient in his pursuit of game time this season

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Talk of a possible January exit for the Republic of Ireland striker has surfaced on the back of his inability to hold down a regular role at Pride Park.

It is, however, the form of others - most notably Chris Martin - that is keeping him on the sidelines.

Sammon accepts that football is 'a squad game' and insists he has no intention of seeking a switch away from the Rams, with there a desire on his part to prove boss Steve McClaren of his worth.

He told the Derby Telegraph: "I'm 100 per cent focused at Derby. I'm really enjoying it and the way we've been playing recently, it's been great to be a part of.

"I know it's a squad game. I'd love to be playing more but it's up to me to train hard and work hard and try to force my way in.

"That's definitely where my mind is and that's my ambition from now until the end of the season.

"I'm really happy at Derby and I'm enjoying challenging for my place in the team.

"I think we do have something special going on here. We've got great characters in the team, we've got good footballers and we've got such togetherness between the players and the staff at the club.

"It's incredible and something I've never experienced before. It's an absolute pleasure to be a part of."

Sammon, who started 44 matches in all competitions last season but has begun just one Championship fixture this term, added: "It's frustrating being a sub, when I played a good bit last season.

"But the manager likes to play one up front and, in fairness, Chrissy Martin has been outstanding.

"He's been playing really well and got his 10th goal of the season against Middlesbrough, which is a super tally to be on at this stage.

"His overall game is brilliant as well, so I know I need to just keep focused and training hard."

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