Powerful centre-half Jake arrived at Pride Park in the summer of 2009 and is Derby County’s longest-serving player.
Derby boss Nigel Clough had taken Buxton to Burton Albion 12 months earlier and watched him cement his place as the top defender in the Blue Square Premier and the Brewers’ Player of the Year – and quickly sought about bringing him to the Rams.
Jake made 24 appearances in his first season with the Club and formed a solid understanding with Shaun Barker in central defence, especially during a key run of games in the winter months, but 2010-11 was a frustrating one for Jake and he was sidelined for almost the entire season with a series of back and groin problems.
He returned in 2011-12 to be a key member of the squad, even though he had to wait until the latter months of the season to become a first-team regular. After Shaun Barker suffered a serious knee injury in March 2012 against Nottingham Forest, Buxton came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner to write himself into Derby County folklore.
In 2012-13 he maintained his impressive form alongside new signing Richard Keogh to earn himself a new contract until the summer of 2015, and as well as his solid defensive displays, he has proved to have a good habit of coming up with crucial goals, such as his last-minute headed effort against Leeds United in April 2013.
Buxton was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield and came through the ranks at Mansfield Town. He made 174 appearances at Field Mill before Clough snapped him up for Burton after Mansfield's relegation from League 2 and was rewarded with a series of commanding performances.