Curtis Davies exceeded all expectations throughout a superb debut season at Pride Park Stadium.
The centre-back arrived from Hull City in the summer of 2017 as competition for Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce and Jason Shackell, but such was his quality, the latter pair hardly got a look in.
He started all 48 games of the Championship campaign, and he led the divisional charts for clearances and interceptions.
Davies also led the team for the final 10 games of the season, after taking the armband for the 1-0 away win against Preston North End at the start of April.
A former England-Under-21s international, Davies has amassed over 500 career appearances to date since making his professional debut at Luton Town.
His reputation quickly soared and he became one of England’s most sought-after defenders.
The centre back was a key figure as Luton were promoted to the Championship in 2004, earning a move to the Premier League very quickly after as West Bromwich Albion swooped for his services
Aston Villa were next to move for his services and he went on to feature and captain the Villans in Europe, before moving on to Leicester City, Birmingham City and Hull City.
Davies’ first year with the Tigers saw him play a crucial role as they secured Premier League safety and a place in the FA Cup Final, which, again, he wore the captain’s armband for.
Whilst they were relegated the following year, Davies was a consistent figure as Hull returned to the top flight at the first time of asking via the play-offs, in which they knocked Derby out at the semi-final stage.