2009/10 Championship Preview: Derby County

Last updated : 19 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Rob Hulse (right): Scored 18 goals last season.

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Under manager Paul Jewell the Rams were expected to be big hitters last season having fallen from the Premier League in an embarrassing state; though they too found life outside the top flight difficult to bare and come Christmas Jewell had left the sinking ship, with Nigel Clough taking over in January; ending the season in 18th place.

In the transfer market, despite their parachute payment the Pride Park Club have been quite busy. They have allowed Andy Todd and Miles Sterjovski to join Australian outfit Perth Glory whilst; Tyrone Mears (Burnley), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City) and Liam Dickinson (Brighton & Hove Albion) have joined their respective new clubs with others likely to follow.

However Clough has spent little which may be worrying for the home fans; Jake Buxton (Burton Albion), Lee Croft (Norwich City), Shaun Barker (Blackpool) and Dean Moxley (Exeter City) have all signed up to the cause.

Striker Rob Hulse netted 18 goals last season and will be worth his weight in gold this season if the club can keep hold of him; whilst Croft may prove to be the buys of the season after joining on a free transfer - they should though improve on last seasons woeful finish but will still find themselves away from the top six.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 10th

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2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Pringle, Ben
Buxton, Jake
Defence04 Mar 1985tbc00
Carroll, Roy
Goal30 Sep 19771240
Connolly, Paul
Defence29 Sep 1983248 (+1)1
McEveley, Jay
Defence02 Nov 1985315 (+2)0
Green, Paul
Midfield10 Apr 19834407
Stewart, Jordan
Defence03 Mar 19825332
Commons, Kris
Midfield30 Aug 1983740 (+5)7
Savage, Robbie
Midfield18 Oct 1974824 (+4)1
Villa, Emanuel
Forward24 Feb 19821015 (+21)6
Hulse, Rob
Forward25 Oct 19791151 (+3)18
Price, Lewis
Goal19 Jul 19841200
Bywater, Stephen
Goal07 Jun 19811333 (+1)0
Varney, Luke
Forward28 Sep 19821510 (+2)1
Sterjovski, Mile
Midfield27 May 1979167 (+11)2
Leacock, Dean
Defence10 Jun 19841712 (+1)0
Barnes, Giles
Forward05 Aug 1988182 (+3)2
Nyatanga, Lewin
Defence18 Aug 19881932 (+3)1
Davies, Steve
Forward29 Dec 19872011 (+13)4
Davis, Claude
Defence03 Jun 1979218 (+2)0
Teale, Gary
Midfield21 Jul 19782330 (+4)1
Addison, Miles
Midfield07 Jan 198924362
Zadkovich, Ruben
Midfield23 May 1986262 (+5)0
Pearson, Stephen
Midfield02 Oct 1982278 (+5)1
Albrechtsen, Martin
Defence31 Mar 198028423
Dickinson, Liam
Forward04 Oct 19852900
Hanson, Mitchell
Defence02 Sep 1988310 (+1)0
Porter, Chris
Forward12 Dec 1983323 (+3)3
Prijovic, Aleksander
Forward21 Apr 19903400
Beardsley, Jason
Defence12 Jul 19893510
Dudley, Mark
Defence29 Jan 1990370 (+1)0
O'Brien, Mark
Defence20 Nov 1992410 (+1)0

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009