New Derby County striker Sam Winnall has expressed his delight about moving to Pride Park on transfer deadline day, with the opportunity to work under Gary Rowett again a huge draw for the former Barnsley man.
Winnall joined the Rams in the closing hours of the summer transfer window, with midfielder Jack Butterfield heading in the other direction, and will spend the rest of the season with the East Midlands outfit.
Winnall played under Rowett at Burton Albion in 2011 when the manager was the assistant boss at the Pirelli Stadium, and knows exactly what the 26-year-old is all about.
Speaking to Derby’s official website, Winnall said: “Gary gave me my first taste of league football and that’s something I will always be thankful to them for and hopefully I can pay Gary back now that I am bit older and a bit wiser with performances and goals.”
“As soon as I heard from my agent that Derby and Gary were interested I had no intention of going anywhere else.”
The Verdict: Winnall’s words will come as music to the ears of Rowett and Derby fans, who have craved a prolific striker this summer.
Winnall’s 23 goals in only 40 games for Scunthorpe earned him a switch to Barnsley, where he continued his impressive form with 40 goals in only 95 league appearances.
Derby needed a striker to add to their impressive squad, and have achieved this with the acquisition of Winnall.
Rams fans, how excited are you by the signing of Winnall?