Derby County’s scouting system have been praised by the club’s head-coach Steve McClaren for playing an integral role in the capture of Cyrus Christie.
Christie, signed from League One side Coventry City in the summer has been listed in the ‘bargain buys of the season so far’ by the Football League.
The right-back has replaced Andre Wisdom, after he returned to Liverpool from a successful season with the Rams, resulting in 33 consecutive appearances. He is now at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
The 22-year-old has settled in straight away at Derby. Christie was out-of-contract at Coventry and he moved to the iPro Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
Derby head-coach talking to the Derby Telegraph ”Cyrus has been very good. It was difficult, with Andre Wisdom leaving and trying to find a replacement. Chris Evans, our head of football operations, said straight away we should take Cyrus.”
”He is a bargain given what he is doing now. We are delighted. It shows the benefit of having a good scouting system and good scouting team.” added McClaren.
Christie, although born in England, he has ancestors in Ireland. He has caught the eye of Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and there is a strong possibility he could be in the squad in the near future.