Conor Hourihane has explained the decision behind his move to Derby County.
The midfielder arrived at Pride Park this summer following the completion of the takeover of the club by Clowes Development.
The Irishman scored the winning goal of the team’s opening game of the League One season, sealing three points at home to Oxford United.
Hourihane claimed there were many reasons for the move to the Rams, but believes there is a lot of potential with the club moving forward due to the recent takeover.
Family reasons were also cited, as he wanted to remain within driving distance of his Birmingham-based home.
“There were lots of reasons why I came to Derby. It’s an exciting time here with the takeover, I wanted to be part of that,” said Hourihane, via Derbyshire Live.
“But my family are settled in Birmingham, we’ve been there for five years now. I’ve got kids, and that came into the picture a bit here.
“I wanted to be within driving distance, and spend a bit more time with them. I’ve travelled quite a lot over the last couple of years.
“There are some days you miss, that you don’t want to miss. That’s a big part of it. When I spoke to the manager it was something I wanted to be a part of.
“It’s a very exciting time, I’m enjoying it so far.”
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He also praised Liam Rosenior for selling him on the idea of dropping down to the third division, a decision he was unsure about making.
“I was having a meal with my wife, a week or so after the season finished last year,” he added.
“He asked me what I was doing, he knew I was a free agent. It all went from there, and here we are, first game of the season and three points.
“If I hadn’t met him that day I’m not sure what would’ve happened, maybe there was a little bit of fate involved there.
“We bumped into each other at just the right time. Then I got excited about the move after that.”
Fellow teammates David McGoldrick and James Chester were also cited as exciting parts of the club’s current project.
Derby got off to a winning start to the new campaign after suffering relegation last season.
It has been a tumultuous period for the team due to financial difficulties, which now appear to be behind them following the takeover of the club in July.
Up next for Rosenior’s side is a trip to the Valley to face Charlton Athletic on August 6.
Hourihane could prove to be one of the top midfielders in the division, with his goal on Saturday proving how valuable he could be to the team.
Derby will be aiming for promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking and it is those kind of goal contributions that makes Hourihane such a solid signing.
His dead ball delivery will also be a great asset to have in the team.
A performance like that from the team on Saturday shows it could be a much brighter year ahead for the club.