Derby County has confirmed signing of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion.
The 21-year-old midfielder has joined the club on a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Baggies.
Thorne was identified as one of Derby’s top transfer targets this summer after he impressed during a loan spell with the Rams last season.
He made 12 appearances in total and scored twice.
Head Coach Steve McClaren, said:
We’re really pleased that George Thorne has joined us on a permanent basis.
I am sure the fans will be delighted to welcome him back and we’re equally pleased that he sees Derby County as the right place for him at this point of his career.
He was one of the first players Ispoke about with our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans when he arrived inNovember, and we were well aware of his qualities when he joined us on loan in January.
After being patient in waiting for his chance in the side, he showed what he could do on the pitch. His level of performance was excellent.
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Derby County players Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment after their 90th minute play-off defeat to QPR yesterday.
Gutted we never got the result we deserved yesterday but we will be back! Thanks for all the support over the season ?
This will hurt for a while but we know what we are capable of as a squad! we will be back stronger for it! Fans unreal all year! thank you??
The Rams had managed to avoid a shot on target for the entire game, until Bobby Zamora popped up with the winner at the death.
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Speaking to ITV News Central after the final at Wembley, Derby County striker Chris Martin says the club will now focus on next season.
Steve McClaren has galvanised the club and we've taken a big step this season. The dressing room's gutted but we have a young squad and we will push on next season.
Derby County fans have talked about their pride and their faith in Steve McClaren after losing out on a place in the Premie League to QPR.
Fans were watching the game at the Coach and Horses pub in Chester Green and - despite their disappointment - say they are looking forward to a full season under the former England boss next year.
This was the reaction of fans back in Derby when QPR scored their late winner!
They say it is a disappointing end to what has been an otherwise winning season. The Rams were top scorers in the Championship and achieved their highest finish for seven years.
Despite missing out on a place in the Premier League, fans at the Coach and Horses pub in Chester Green said they are proud of their team's performance under Steve McClaren.
One Direction's Niall Horan, Mansfield Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and comedian Dara O'Briain are among hundreds of people expressing their 'heartbreak' after Derby County lost the Championship play-off final against QPR.
Oh, that's heartbreaking for poor Derby.
Derby County fans have taken to Twitter, expressing their sorrow at missing out on the Premier League and pledging their continuing support for the club.
so gutted, so proud to be a derby fan though! Seasons been amazing, least we still get to see the faces when we beat forest again #5-0 ????
Absolutely gutted ? but still end the season with such pride! It's incredible that we got to wembley. Bring on next season, YOU ARE MY DERBY