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Frank Fielding
Position: Goalkeeper
Signed From: Blackburn Rovers, Undisclosed Fee
Contract Length: 3 Years

Frank needs little introduction to the Derby County supporters after two successful loan spells at Pride Park during the 2010/11 season. He penned a three-year deal immediately after the season concluded at the beginning of May for an undisclosed fee, which was something of a coup for Derby as Frank is the current England under-21 number one. Due to the form of ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson at Ewood Park, Frank was unable to make the breakthrough after coming through the Rovers youth set-up. He enjoyed loan stints at Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Leeds United and Rochdale to gain first-team experience before heading to Pride Park last October for two months to cover for Stephen Bywater who was out with a wrist injury.



Jamie Ward
Position: Striker
Signed From: Sheffield United, Undisclosed Fee
Contract Length: 2 Years (Plus 1 Year Option)

Jamie completed a permanent transfer to Derby County at the start of May after a successive three-month loan towards the end of the 2010/11 season from Sheffield United. Nigel Clough had closely monitored his progress for some time and once it became apparent he was available, he wasted no time in bringing him to Pride Park. He quickly established himself in the side and also became a big fans' favourite following a succession of lively attacking displays, as well as for his never-say-day workrate and attitude. He scored five times in 13 appearances, including two long range crackers at Crystal Palace and Reading. He can operate in a wide midfield role or as an out-and-out attacker, which brings flexibility to his play. A former Aston Villa trainee, Ward enjoyed successful spells in the lower leagues with Torquay United and Chesterfield before the Blades splashed out in excess of £300,000 for his services in 2009. His goalscoring exploits at Saltergate, 29 in 67 league games, caught the eyes of many Championship clubs, especially after a run of 10 goals in 10 games just prior to his move to Bramall Lane and he scored nine times in 71 outings for the Blades.



Theo Robinson
Position: Striker
Signed From: Millwall, Undisclosed Fee
Contract Length: 2 Years (Plus 1 Year Option)

Theo joined Derby County from Millwall on a permanent basis in May 2011 off the back of a three month loan stint at Pride Park towards the end of the 2010/11 season. The striker has pace to burn and he was valuable outlet for the Rams as they saw themselves over the finish line in the closing weeks of the season to secure their Championship safety. He had scored against Derby earlier in the season for the Lions in a 2-0 defeat at The Den, and his first Rams goal was a crucial one in 1-0 win at Sheffield United at the end of February. At 22 Rams boss Nigel Clough feels Robinson has potential to work with to develop him into an established Championship striker. Birmingham-born Robinson began his career at Watford as a trainee and had productive loan spells at Wealdstone, Hereford United and Southend United where he gained valuable first-team experience before he teamed up with Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2009. His impressive displays caught the eye of Millwall, who he joined at the start of the 2010/11 season, initially on loan, before signing a permanent deal at the start of January, also for an undisclosed fee.



Craig Bryson
Position: Midfielder
Signed From: Kilmarnock, Undisclosed Fee
Contract Length: 3 Years

Scotland international midfielder Craig became Derby County's fourth signing of the summer in June 2011 after signing a three-year deal after the Rams agreed an undisclosed fee for his services. Bryson's displays were monitored by Nigel Clough and his coaching team throughout the 2010/11 season, and the Rams made their move early in the summer to secure his signature. The diminutive central midfielder began his career with Clyde and he made just over 100 appearances at the Broadwood Stadium between 2003 and 2007 before moving to Kilmarnock where he made 135 appearances and scored 14 goals. At 24 years of age he was handed the captaincy at Kilmarnock, and his impressive displays were rewarded with his first international cap in 2010 against the Faroe Islands. Described as a box-to-box midfielder, he had a brief trial with Derby in January 2007 whilst playing for Clyde.



Nathan Tyson
Position: Striker
Signed From: Nottingham Forest, Free Transfer
Contract Length: 3 Years

Striker Nathan became Nigel Clough's fifth signing of the close season when he put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract at Pride Park in mid-June 2011. The much-sought after frontman had a number of options to choose from, but he opted to commit his future to Derby County after leaving local rivals Nottingham Forest at the end of his contract. His penetrating pace makes him a nightmare for opposition defenders, and Nigel Clough made it clear Tyson has the quality to make himself a key player for the Rams. Tyson started his career at Reading as a trainee and enjoyed loan spells at Maidenhead, Swansea City and Cheltenham Town before bursting on scene at Wycombe Wanderers in 2004 after failing to establish as a first-team regular with the Royals, with his only goal in a Reading shirt coming against Derby. At Adams Park Tyson earned a reputation as a fearsome goalscorer, bagging 44 in just 87 appearances. That prowess resulted in a big-money move to Nottingham Forest in January 2006, where he made over 200 senior appearances and scored 40 goals, despite playing out wide for a majority of the time. During that time he helped the Reds gain promotion to the Championship and played a significant role in their two playoff campaigns in the Championship in 2009/10 and 2010/11.
 

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Centre-half Chris Riggott has sign a one year contract with Derby County before the season starts.

The injury-plagued defender, 30, left Cardiff in January but has been training with the Rams in pre-season.

Boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "We're trying to get it tied up. We have something in place provisionally."

Riggott, who missed Tuesday's friendly win over Aston Villa with an Achilles injury, is likely to play in Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against Shrewsbury.

Former Rams trainee Riggott left Pride Park for Middlesbrough in 2003 and spent seven years at the Riverside before joining the Bluebirds


Homes speak: trully decent signing bit worried about his fitness as he just came from an operation. but his experience can be a plus for derby.
 
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