Midfielder George Thorne spent the second half of the 2018/19 campaign out on loan with Luton Town and he helped them to win the Sky Bet League One title.
He found opportunities at Derby County limited and made all his appearances in the club’s Under-23 side before joining the Hatters in January.
Although Luton won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, it would prove to be a frustrating spell for Thorne. A day after signing for the club, Nathan Jones, then-manager of Luton, departed the club to join Stoke City.
Thorne would go on to make three appearances under Mick Harford as they returned to England’s second tier for the first time since 2006/07 and he went on to join another League 1 side, in Oxford United, on loan for the first half of the 2019/20 season in August 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.