Rams shepherd Bryson into fold.
Byline: SCOTT BURNS
DERBY have left Hibs and Kilmarnock in a sweat by offering Craig Bryson a new contract.
Killie have already offered a pre-contract to their old midfielder and Hibs declared an interest.
Hearts manager Craig Levein met with the 32-year-old but despite promising a contract offer has dropped off the radar.
Killie boss Steve Clarke and Hibs counterpart Paul Heckingbottom were keen to hold face-to-face talks as soon as County's season was over.
But now they must play the waiting game. Bryson had been looking to return north as Derby had stalled on talks over extending his eight-year stay.
Frank Lampard had made it clear he wanted him to remain but his board were less decisive.
The Rams have since secured a Championship play-off place and have now offered him a new deal on reduced terms.
That, however, could be improved if they were to reach the Premier League.
Derby are also on the verge of signing Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie on a Bosman.