After a difficult start at Pride Park Stadium, Cameron Jerome proved his worth to Derby County towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign with a succession of huge goals.
He started against Cardiff City in April without a goal in 12 games since his first for the club against Brentford, but he proved the doubters wrong by scoring twice and providing an immense all-round display on the night.
The brace was followed up with strikes against Aston Villa, Barnsley and Fulham in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final and it looked like Jerome was on a one-man mission to drag the Rams to Wembley, but in the end, it wasn’t to be.
Huddersfield-born Jerome began his career at Middlesbrough but, after failing to make a first-team appearance, he went on to make his name at Cardiff City.
In 79 appearances for the Bluebirds he scored 27 goals and his fine form attracted the interest of several top-flight sides as well as gaining England Under-21 honours.
Jerome joined Birmingham City for £3 million in the summer of 2006 and he was a regular as they achieved promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign at St Andrew’s as runners-up.
He was also a key member of the side that returned to the top flight at the first attempt in 2008/09, again in second place, and he also featured in their Carling Cup victory against Arsenal in 2011.
In total, he scored 41 goals in 201 appearances for the Blues before moving to Stoke City in August 2011 for a deal worth £4 million.
Jerome spent the 2013/14 season on loan at fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, before sealing a £1.5 million switch to Norwich City and his signing proved to be an inspired one as he scored a career-best 21 goals as the Canaries gained promotion, including a cool finish in their 2-0 play-off final victory against Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium.