Louie Sibley was quick to describe the first promotion of his career with Derby County as ‘the best feeling in the world’.

The Academy graduate has been a key player over the course of the 2023/24 campaign in Sky Bet League One and notably in recent months at left wing-back.

Derby sealed promotion back to the Championship with a 2-0 home win over Carlisle United on Saturday thanks to goals from Max Bird and James Collins.

The season concluded with the Rams earning a joint club record of 28 wins in a league campaign, while Paul Warne’s side achieved two more themselves for points recorded and away wins in a campaign.

As a lifelong Ram, it was understandably a proud and emotional day for Sibley to help his club return to the second tier with many of his family and friends in the crowd cheering him on.

Sibley told RamsTV after the game: “It is the best feeling in the world.

“The club has had its ups and downs in the last few years and you can see what this means to everybody here.

“We’ve been through a rollercoaster over the last few years, but it is all worth it.

“I’ve been here a long time, I’m a Derby fan, and playing alongside lads I’ve grown up with.

“They are like my family and credit to everyone for achieving this, especially those in the background, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

He added: “It is a great feeling and you have to soak it all up and for all the dedication my family have towards me, this is the moments they live for.”