Derby County have today made Tom Huddlestone their latest summer signing ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The midfielder, a graduate of the club’s Academy system, has re-joined the Rams from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Hull City.
Huddlestone, following the completion of a successful medical examination, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal which will run until the summer of 2019, with the option of a further year.
Derby have paid the Tigers an undisclosed fee for the 30-year-old, who has been capped by England at full international level on four occasions.
Huddlestone is manager Gary Rowett’s third new recruit this summer following the recent defensive acquisitions of Curtis Davies, also from Hull, and Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom.
East Midlands-born Huddlestone made 95 appearances for the Rams between August 2003 and the summer of 2005, after making his professional debut at the tender age of 16.
After starring in the Rams’ midfield as a teenager, and securing a spot in the Championship Team of the Year in 2004/05, he joined Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the 2005/06 season after attracting the interest of several top-flight sides.
Following a brief loan stint at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he went on to make 209 appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit during a successful eight-year spell in the capital.
Huddlestone also lifted the first major trophy of his career during his time with Spurs as he came off the bench in their 2-1 League Cup success over Chelsea in 2008, as well as featuring in key UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches.
All four of his full England caps came during his time with the North London side. He made his debut in 2009 in a friendly against Brazil, before going to feature against Mexico and Japan in 2010 and then Sweden in 2012. He had previously been capped at Under-16, 17, 19, 20 and 21 level.
Huddlestone moved on to pastures new in the summer of 2013 by linking up with Hull City and was part of the Tigers side that reached the 2014 Emirates FA Cup Final. However, he was on the losing side as Arsenal stormed back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
Following relegation in 2014/15, the midfielder played a key role in Hull’s promotion back to the Premier League from the Championship in 2015/16, secured with a 1-0 play-off final win over Sheffield Wednesday.
In total, Huddlestone has racked up 478 appearances in club football and scored 24 goals.