Curtis Davies is one of the most experienced members of Derby County’s first-team squad.
A former England Under-21 international, Davies has amassed over 500 career appearances to date in club football since making his professional debut at Luton Town in 2003.
The vastly experienced player at Premier League and Championship level, Davies is a strong central defender who joined Derby from Hull City in the summer of 2017.
He was a regular in his first campaign with the club, the 2017/18 season, but a long-term injury kept him out of action for most of the 2018/19 campaign.
Davies returned fit and ready for the 2019/20 season and made 37 appearances in all competitions, while he also provided valuable experience alongside several of the Rams’ youngsters.
The defender initially started the 2020/21 campaign as a substitute, but soon became a mainstay in the squad following a 1-0 victory over eventual champions Norwich City at Carrow Road.
He played 13 times before disaster struck once again as he suffered an Achillies injury against Brentford in December 2020 which was set to rule him out for the rest of the campaign.
However, with Derby needing at least a point on the final day of the season to secure their safety in the Sky Bet Championship, Davies heroically defied medical advice to return to the squad to help the Rams retain their status for another season.
He came on in the 82nd minute with the game level at 3-3 against Sheffield Wednesday and helped Derby over the finishing line to secure their status for another season.
Prior to the start of the 2021/22 campaign, he penned a new one-year contract with the club.
A leader on and off the pitch, Davies has regularly worn the captain’s armband whilst with Derby.
After starting out at Luton back in 2003, 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. He also scored in the FA Cup Final, as Hull were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal.
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.