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UPDATED 03:16 4th August 2016

Derby County moved to re-sign defender Jason Shackell from Burnley in late July 2015.

The in-demand centre-back joined Derby on a three-year contract, with the Rams paying an undisclosed fee to the Lancashire club for his signature.

He formed an uncompromised partnership with Richard Keogh at the heart of the Rams’ defence and starred in all 46 of the club’s league games over the course of the 2015/16 season.

Shackell made 50 appearances in all competitions in his first season back at the club, in which he also netted on two occasions.

The defender, of course, walked through the door as no stranger to Derby, after spending an impressive single season with the club during the 2011/12 campaign.

He appeared on 49 occasions in all competitions and was a popular figure amongst supporters, before moving to Turf Moor in July 2012.

However, the Rams continued their summer recruitment drive ahead of the 2015/16 season by bringing the Burnley captain back to the club.

Shackell is a product of Norwich City's Academy and he made his professional debut for the Canaries as a teenager, against Derby, in April 2003.

He was part of City's promotion-winning side to the Premier League in the 2003/04, and he went on to make 11 appearances in the top flight in the following campaign.

During the next two seasons, Shackell managed to establish himself as a regular in the City defence before sealing a £1 Million move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2008.

He returned to Norwich on loan and also spent time at Doncaster Rovers during his time in the West Midlands, before moving to Barnsley at the start of the 2010/11 campaign, where he secured their Player of the Season Award.

He joined Derby in the summer of 2011 and impressed at the heart of the defence during his single season with the club, appearing in every first team fixture and also wearing the captain’s armband.

During his three seasons with Burnley, Shackell made 136 appearances and, as captain, he was an influential figure in their promotion-winning 2013/14 season.

He featured in all 38 of their Premier League fixtures in the 2014/15 season, earning praise for his impressive performances against the very best talent in the English game.