Derby took the first step towards easing the pain of their play-off final defeat with a 1-0 victory over Championship newcomers Rotherha
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West Brom have confirmed they are in discussions with Derby over the possible sale of George Thorne.
Albion are due to fly out to America on Thursday for a pre-season training camp in California, but Thorne will remain in the Midlands while talks between the two clubs take place.
If a deal can not be agreed then the midfielder will link up with the rest of Alan Irvine's squad at a later date.
Derby County: Grant, Wisdom, Forsyth, Thorne, Keogh, Buxton, Hendrick, Hughes, Martin, Russell, Ward.
Subs: Bryson, Eustace, Sammon, Legzdins, Whitbread, Dawkins, Bamford.
QPR: Green, Simpson, Hill, Barton, Onuoha, Dunne, Doyle, O'Neil, Kranjcar, Austin, Hoilett.
Subs: Traore, Morrison, Yun Suk-young, Hughes, Henry, Zamora, Murphy.
Steve McClaren admits Derby are way ahead of schedule after he guided the club to the brink of promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.
– Derby boss Steve McClaren
We're way ahead of schedule and if you'd have told me we'd make the play-offs at half-time of the first game against Ipswich in October, when we were 4-1 down, I wouldn't have believed you.
Icame here and signed for two-and-a-half years and said I wanted to build a football club. I wanted to get the fans back, the place buzzing again and a good brand of football on the field.
The fans have appreciated that so they've been coming back and now there's a big buzz around the town. Stage one, for me, has been achieved.