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UPDATED 03:14 4th August 2016

Craig Forsyth became a permanent member of Derby County’s squad in the summer of 2013 after impressing during a loan from Watford towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

The left-back put pen-to-paper after undisclosed fee was agreed for his services and he went on to be one of Derby’s most consistent performers in the 2013/14 season.

His eye-catching bursts forwards from left-back saw him establish himself as a key attacking outlet and he registered two goals during the season, including a fine strike against his former club Watford in April 2014.

His consistent performances saw him land a call-up to the Scotland squad in May 2014 and he went on to win his first cap against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

In 2014/15 he remained a regular figure in Derby’s backline and added a further international cap to his name, as well as signing a new four-year deal in the lead-up to the new season.

Again a regular in the early stages of the 2015/16 season, Forsyth saw his season curtailed in November 2015 after suffering a serious knee injury, but returned for the Rams’ 2016/17 pre-season campaign fully fit – making his return in a friendly meeting with Portuguese champions Benfica.

Born in Carnoustie in Scotland, Forsyth came through the ranks at Dundee and made his debut at the end of the 2006/07 season, prior to enjoying a loan spell at Montrose to gain first-team experience the following year and then Arbroath in 2008/09.

He became a first-team regular during the 2009/10 and 201011 seasons in the Scottish First Division, which led to interest from south of the border.

Forsyth joined Watford in June 2011 but, despite scoring five goals in 22 appearances in 2011-12, he found first-team action at Vicarage Road hard to come by following the appointment of Gianfranco Zola in the summer of 2012.

He featured only twice in the League and on a further two occasions in the Capital One Cup and spent two months on loan at League 2 Bradford City earlier in the season, making six appearances and scoring in the Bantams’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Port Vale, before returning to Vicarage Road and, eventually, joining Derby.