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Derby County: Remember John Brayford? Here’s what he’s up to nowadays

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Ahead of the 2010/11 season, Derby County opted to bolster their defensive options by signing John Brayford from Crewe Alexandra.

Brayford went on to establish himself as a mainstay in the Rams’ starting eleven during his debut campaign as he made 46 appearances for the club in the Championship.

The right-back’s game-time was limited in the 2011/12 season due to injury as he only featured on 23 occasions in the second-tier for the Rams.

After helping Derby secure a 10th place finish at this level in 2013, Brayford opted to call time on his spell at Pride Park as he sealed a move to Cardiff City.

Here, we have decided to take a look at how Brayford has been getting on following his departure from the Rams.

After making 117 appearances for the Rams in all competitions, Brayford decided to move to Cardiff who were playing in the Premier League at the time of his switch.

The defender failed to realise his dream of featuring in the top-flight during his spell in Wales as he ultimately struggled to establish himself as a key player for the Bluebirds.

Following two separate spells at Sheffield United, Brayford rejoined Burton Albion on a permanent basis in 2017.

Despite featuring on 28 occasions for the Brewers in the Championship, the former Derby man was unable to prevent his side from suffering relegation to the third-tier during the 2017/18 campaign.

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Brayford has gone on to play regularly for Burton in League One.

In the 10 appearances that he has made in the third-tier this season, the right-back has managed to average a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.63 at this level.

Set to be out of action for the foreseeable future after picking up a hamstring injury during the Brewers’ clash with AFC Wimbledon last month, Brayford will be determined to help his side push on in League One when he is fit enough to make his return to action.

Burton will be looking to build upon their recent FA Cup victory over Fleetwood Town when they face Charlton Athletic at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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