Derby County's Academy Player of the Year in 2018/19, Alex Matthews, joined the Rams at Under-10s level and has progressed through the ranks ever since.
The central midfielder made his Under-18s debut at just 15-years-old and made five appearances, scoring one goal, in the 2018/19 season to help Justin Walker's side be crowned National Champions.
He joined the Rams as a first-year scholar in the 2019/20 campaign and he made 19 appearances for the Under-18s during the season, recording three assists along the way.
In addition, he made a single appearance for the Under-19s in their UEFA Youth League campaign.
Injury limited him to three appearances in the 2020/21 season but he was offered the chance to impress with the Under-23s ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.