Window talk was not a distraction for Derby County's John Brayford
JOHN Brayford ignored the transfer talk surrounding him during the January window and focused on his football.
The Derby County defender was linked with a move to Championship leaders Cardiff City throughout the month.
One rumour said the 25-year-old right back was having a medical at Cardiff.
"It was just speculation, just paper talk, that's all," said Brayford ahead of tomorrow's home game against Huddersfield Town.
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Brayford added: "Obviously I was aware because people tell you about stuff they have read and ask 'have you seen what's in the paper?'
"There is no getting away from what people tell you they have seen, read and heard, but I just get on with my football.
"I read what everybody else read and I did not hear anything other than that.
"I just got on with my job and tried to do it to the best of my ability.
"The speculation didn't bother me, to be honest.
"I've had it before, when I was at Crewe and I was being linked with Derby.
"I think I'm old enough now not to let that kind of thing bother me.
"It's nice when people write nice things about you but I am just trying to do my job week in, week out and see where that takes me."
Brayford agrees that the January transfer window can be unsettling and says some clubs can be gung-ho in their approach.
"You see transfers like Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll and sometimes clubs can panic," he said. "It is nice to have a steady ship at Derby and we are happy with the bunch of players we have."
Derby have slipped into the bottom half of the Championship following a run of five points from 18.
They are now nine points adrift of the top six.
"Points wise, they are still within reach," said Brayford. "This is the time when teams start pressing for those top six places and you have to try to stay in that pack.
"We have fallen a few points behind but we will keep working hard, see how many points we can gather and see where we finish."