2017/18 was a season of change for Craig Bryson, as the midfielder spent time away from Pride Park Stadium for the first time since his final season with Kilmarnock in 2011.
Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City was the destination, and the midfielder scored twice in 22 appearances as the Welsh club secured promotion to the Premier League. He then returned to Derby in the summer of 2018.
Bryson had started the season with the Rams but he didn’t appear to be a regular, as he made four substitute appearances, scoring once against Sheffield United at the end of August.
He may have arrived as something of an unknown quantity from Kilmarnock in 2011, but Bryson very quickly cemented himself as a key player by winning all three of the club’s Player of the Year awards in 2012.
Bryson enjoyed his most fruitful season two years later. He notched 16 goals, including hat-tricks in a 5-1 win against Millwall and 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, and recorded a shed load of assists as Derby reached the Play-Off Final in 2014.
He also played a key role as The Rams secured a play-off spot at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Bryson began his career with Clyde and he made over 100 appearances at the Broadwood Stadium between 2003 and 2007.
After a brief trial at Derby under Billy Davies, which proved to be unsuccessful, Bryson joined Kilmarnock in 2007 and he went on to make 135 appearances and score 14 goals at Rugby Park.
At international level, Bryson has won three caps for Scotland at senior level.