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UPDATED 08:20 6th January 2016

Derby County completed the signing of sought-after forward Nick Blackman on 6th January 2016.

Blackman joined Derby on a three-and-a-half year contract from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Reading for an undisclosed fee.

The frontman had been in fine form in front of goal before joining Derby and had scored 13 times in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Royals in the 2015/16 season, as well having three assists to his name.

He made 17 appearances for Derby in the second half of the campaign, with the majority coming off the bench.

Blackman began his professional career at Macclesfield Town, signing a professional contract in 2007 and making his debut at the end of the 2006/07 season at the age of 17.

He scored his first professional goal in 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2007/08 season and made ten further appearances that year, but his potential was catching the eye of a number of sides up the football pyramid.

After a trial at then Premier League Blackburn Rovers he moved to Ewood Park in the 2009 January Transfer Window, before moving on loan to Blackpool for the rest of the season a few weeks later to gain more first-team experience.

He had a similar loan spell at Oldham Athletic in 2009/10 before enjoying two loan stints in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell, where he impressively scored ten goals in 20 games, and Aberdeen.

He made his top flight debut at the start of the 2011/12 campaign as a substitute in a 2-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as making two more appearances in the Capital One Cup.

Blackman moved to League One Sheffield United at the start of the 2012/13 season and scored 14 goals in 33 appearances before moving back to the Premier League with Reading in the January Transfer Window.

He was a regular face in their side as the Royals were relegated from the top flight and he also featured heavily in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons back in the Championship - before hitting an impressive run of form in the early months of 2015/16.