After returning from a year-long absence from league football in October 2017, it is an achievement in itself that George Thorne’s season wasn’t interrupted by injury again.
His impressive form during a run of starts throughout December and January saw the midfielder rewarded with a new contract that will run until the summer of 2020.
However, after failing to feature for the Rams in the first half of the 2018/19 season he joined League 1 side Luton Town on loan for the rest of the campaign in January 2019.
Thorne became an instant hit, on and off the field, during a twelve-game loan spell in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign as he helped the club reach the Play-Off Final.
From that, The Rams focused a lot of their attention that following summer on signing the midfielder on a permanent basis and they completed their chase after agreeing an undisclosed fee with West Bromwich Albion in July 2014 – only for Thorne to suffer an ACL injury just days after making the switch to Pride Park.
Thorne was a graduate of West Bromwich Albion’s Academy system and made his first-team debut at 16 years of age during the 2009/10 season.
He made his Premier League bow for the Baggies in the following season and he has 36 international caps at international level to his name, 20 of which were for England’s Under-19s.