Centre-back Eiran Cashin has risen through the youth ranks at Derby County and has solidified himself as a regular starter in the first-team over the last two seasons.
After joining the club as a scholar in 2018/19, he appeared 26 times for the Under-18s in their title-winning season, weighing in with five goals along the way, along with Max Bird, Jason Knight, Louie Sibley and Liam Thompson.
His progress continued in 2019/20 as he registered 17 appearances and two goals for the Under-18s, as well as stepping up to the Under-21s and making a single appearance.
On top of that, he played in all six of the Under-19s UEFA Youth League fixtures as he gained more valuable experience and scored in their impressive 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in early 2020.
At the end of the season, the Republic of Ireland youth international put pen-to-paper on his first professional deal with the Rams. However, Cashin was hampered by injury for the majority of the 2020/21 season, making his first appearance for the Under-21s in February.
His six appearances, all starts, were enough to catch the eye of then-manager Wayne Rooney, who named the defender on the bench for the final three games of the Sky Bet Championship season.
After an impressive pre-season campaign ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, where he scored in a 2-0 win against Notts County, owing to an embargo forced upon the club, Cashin was forced to watch from the sidelines as he was unable to appear for the first team.
He showed a good attitude and once the embargo was lifted, he made his debut off the bench in a 1-0 victory over Blackpool at Pride Park Stadium. After making a number of appearances from the bench, the defender was handed his full debut against Peterborough United in February 2022. He went on to score his first-ever career goal in a 2-0 victory away at Blackpool two months later.
Things only got stronger for Cashin throughout the 2022/23 season as he cemented himself as one of the first names on the team-sheet for both Liam Rosenior and then latterly Paul Warne.
The youngster made 52 appearances in all competitions for the Rams in 2022/23 and scored his only goal of the season in a 2-0 home victory over Charlton Athletic in the February.
On the international stage Cashin has also represented the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
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