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UPDATED 03:27 4th August 2016

Derby County moved to sign Bradley Johnson just before the close of the 2015 summer transfer window.

He put pen to paper on a four-year deal and signed from then-Premier League side Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Johnson, Norwich’s Vice Captain and Player of the Year at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, brought further strength and experience to Derby’s midfield options.

The midfield dynamo played on 33 occasions for the Rams over the 2015/16 season and notably scored the club’s Goal of the Season in the club’s standout 4-0 win over Hull City on home turf.

After starting on the books of first Arsenal and then Cambridge United as a youngster, Johnson earned a move to Northampton Town.

Two separate loan spells early on led to him breaking into the first team at Sixfields where his impressive performances saw him snapped up by Leeds United.

Like at Northampton, Johnson first went on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion, where he made 10 appearances and scored five goals, before breaking into the first team at Elland Road.

After narrowly missing out on promotion, Johnson played a starring role in not only helping the Whites return to the Championship, but then stabilise in the second tier.

His form earned the powerful midfielder a move to the Barclays Premier League after Norwich City moved quickly to secure his services ahead of a number of their top flight rivals.

A popular member of the squad in East Anglia, Johnson eclipsed over 100 appearances for the Canaries and although they suffered relegation at the end of the 2013/14 season, Johnson, again, stood out as they bounced back at the first attempt last season.

The midfielder scored 15 goals and was named Player of the Year as Alex Neal’s side returned to the top flight via the Play-Offs and featured in five of Norwich’s fixtures at the start of 2015/16 before joining Derby.