Derby County moved to bolster their defensive options with the signing of highly-rated Cyrus Christie from Coventry City in July 2014.
The right-back, who was out of contract with the Sky Blues, agreed a deal with Derby despite strong competition from elsewhere for his signature. The two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his services rather than a figure set by tribunal, which would have applied as Christie was under the age of 23 at the time and because he had come through Coventry’s Academy system.
Christie made his debut in a Rams shirt on the opening day of the 2014/15 season, at home to Rotherham United, and went on to appear on 44 occasions. His performances led to a first-ever international call-up, for the Republic of Ireland, in November 2013 and he made his bow in a victory over the USA in Dublin.
His second season as a Ram proved to be just as successful as the defender continued to be a regular at right back and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 win at Brentford in February 2016.
He made 45 appearances in all competitions over the 2015/16 season with his performances earning him the club’s Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year award - and a call-up to the Republic of Ireland’s final UEFA Euro 2016 squad during the summer of 2016.
An attack-minded full-back, Christie has a reputation for his forceful forays into the opposition’s half.
Christie joined Coventry at the age of eight and progressed right the way through their youth set-up.
His debut came as a substitute in the Capital One Cup against Morecambe in August 2010, before going on to make 39 appearances in their 2010/11 campaign.
Christie made the same number of appearances in the 2012/13 season and scored three goals, before going on to make 40 in 2013/14.
In total he made 116 appearances for Coventry, including 37 in the Championship, after making his debut at the age of 17 in August 2010.