Derby County midfielder George Thorne has completed a loan move to Oxford United until January, the club confirmed on their official website.
Thorne has struggled for fitness ever since making the permanent switch to Pride Park back in the summer of 2014 and will now have the chance to play some first-team football for the League One side.
During his four years with the club, including a previous loan spell, Thorne has racked up just 73 appearances, scoring five goals and assisting six more, playing a further 17 times for the Rams’ under-23 side.
Last season saw him make no appearances for Frank Lampard’s side, however, being sent out on loan to Luton Town where he made just three for the Hatters.
And it is clear that he has no part in Phillip Cocu’s plans, for the first half of the season at least, with the 26-year-old becoming the 12th player to leave Pride Park this summer.
In the opening three matches of the season it has been Tom Huddlestone and George Evans who have taken on the central midfield roles at the club as they look to better Frank Lampard’s run to the play-off final.
It is a real shame that Thorne’s Derby career has taken the turn it has.
At one stage he looked excellent and destined to be a top Championship midfielder for a long-time to come and possibly even a Premier League standard one as well.
However, in the circumstances, this is a good move for both clubs. Oxford have ambitions of promotion and that is the sort of competitive environment that Derby will want for their player.