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Derby County FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 03:24 4th August 2016

Derby County signed forward Tom Ince on a permanent basis from Hull City in the summer of 2015 following an impressive loan spell earlier in the year.

Ince signed a four-year contract with the Rams and an undisclosed fee was paid for his signature, ending the club’s summer-long pursuit of his services.

The forward starred during an impressive loan spell during the second half of the 2014/15 season.

He quickly became a fans’ favourite with his mazy attacking runs and spectacular goals during his temporary stay in Derbyshire.

The 2013 Football League Young Player of the Year scored 11 times in 18 appearances, as well as laying on a number of assists for his team-mates.

His form was so impressive in a Derby shirt that he was named as the Sky Bet Championship’s ‘Player of the Month’ for April.

His first full season saw the wideman become a consistent figure in the Rams’ starting line-up as he went on to finish as the club’s second top goalscorer having the back of the net on 12 occasions. He also scored his first professional hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Bristol City in December 2015.

Having made his professional debut for Liverpool in 2010, Ince moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2011 in an undisclosed deal.

In total he started 86 league games for Seasiders and scored 31 goals, establishing himself as one of the brightest and most exciting talents in the English game. During his time with Blackpool he was named as the 2013 Football League Young Player of the Year.

His impressive form at Bloomfield Road continued up to January 2014 when, following interest from a number of clubs, he moved to Premier League Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the campaign.

He made eight appearances and scored once, against West Bromwich Albion, as Palace retained their Premier League status.

Upon the expiry of his contract at Blackpool last summer, Ince was linked with a host of clubs before eventually signing for Hull City.

He made nine appearances in total for the Tigers, scoring once, and had a brief spell at Nottingham Forest, where he made six appearances before being recalled by the KC Stadium outfit.

Ince has also been capped by England at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 level, securing 26 caps in total across all levels.