Derby County manager Gary Rowett is looking forward to several players returning either from injury or loan spells ahead of the new Championship season, reports the club’s official website.
The former Birmingham City chief replaced the sacked Steve McClaren back in March, and the led the Rams to a ninth place finish in the division with four wins from their last nine games of the campaign.
Yet with a full pre-season to come and a summer transfer market to delve into, which they already have with the signing of Curtis Davies from Hull City, optimism will likely be building around the club that they can sustain a promotion bid next term.
And the Derby boss is looking forward to working with those that were either out injured during his short stint in charge at the end of last season, or returning from loan spells.
He said: ‘You have to remember that we have a lot of different players coming back from loan spells and injury.
‘We’ve probably got around eight players that, although they have played before, will be like new additions to the group.’
These comments are sure to interest Rams supporters, given that the trio of Jamie Hanson, Chris Martin, and Andreas Weimann all spent time on loan last term, while the likes of Jason Shackell and George Thorne failed to make an appearance under Rowett due to injury.
Clearly, Derby have some quality players that had their seasons disrupted by injury last term, and their returns, as well as those out on loan, will surely benefit the squad in their quest to improve upon their ninth place finish last time out.
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