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JOHNNY RUSSELL
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UPDATED 03:18 4th August 2016

Derby County landed forward Johnny Russell from Dundee United striker Johnny Russell in June 2013.


The in-demand frontman joined Derby after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Tannadice outfit a few days beforehand.


Scotsman Russell, who attracted interest from clubs in England, Scotland and abroad, rattled home an impressive 20 goals in just 38 appearances during the 2012/13 season.


His first season at Derby proved to be one littered with ups and downs. He scored five goals in his first eleven appearances for the club, but suffered a broken leg after scoring in the 3-1 home win over Leeds United.


He returned to action seven weeks later and after forcing his way back into the side, he sustained a fractured cheekbone against Wigan Athletic on New Year’s Day.


He was however back in action less than a month later, but it was from March onwards that he really hit top form. A stunning goal in the 5-0 hammering of Nottingham Forest, which was voted as Goal of the Season, was the first of four goals in eight games as he ended the season strongly.


Despite the injury problems, he still made 43 appearances in total and scored nine times.


In 2014/15 he scored eight times in 46 outings and was capped by Scotland for the first time in November 2014, coming off the bench in their 3-1 defeat to England.


The 2015/16 campaign proved to be just as fruitful in terms of appearances as he pulled on the Derby jersey a further 50 times and hit double figures in the process with 10 goals for the club.


A product of Dundee United’s youth system, Russell made his debut in professional football for United as a substitute in May 2007 in a 2-0 defeat to Falkirk.


He moved on loan to Forfar Athletic to gain first-team experience in August 2008 for five months and he bagged two goals on his debut in a 3-0 win against East Stirling to notch his first professional strikes, before returning to score his first United goal in a 4-0 FA Cup win at, ironically, East Stirling in January 2009.


A loan spell for the 2009/10 season at Raith Rovers followed before Russell returned to Tannadice to become a first-team regular for the Terrors.


He scored nine goals in 34 outings in 2010-11 before bagging 15 in 43 appearances during 2011/12, including a goal and two appearances in the Europa League, to set him up for an eye-catching 2012/13 campaign, where he again gained European experience by appearing in the Europa League.


His 20 goals in 38 appearances reads even better when a broken leg, picked up in February, is taken into consideration during a fine run of six goals in five matches.


Russell scored two hat-tricks during 2012-13, against Stranraer in the League Cup and Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League, and his longest run without a goal was just six matches.

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