Graeme Shinnie joined Derby County from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen as a free agent in the summer of 2019.
After initially agreeing to sign under Frank Lampard’s management, the tough-tackling midfielder quickly had a new manager to impress after Phillip Cocu replaced Lampard in July 2019 following his departure to Chelsea.
Shinnie had to be patient waiting for his chance under Cocu and his first league appearance came in October 2019 as he produced a fine display in a 2-0 home win over Luton Town.
A hamstring injury, sustained a few weeks later, hampered his progress and when he did return to fitness the season was suspended for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He ended the season with 27 appearances to his name in all competitions and scored twice, including a stunning and dramatic injury-time winner against Wigan Athletic in the early months of the season.
The midfielder kicked on during the 2020/21 campaign as he became one of the first names on the teamsheet. His tenacious play saw him provide the energy in midfield as Derby battled to stay in the Sky Bet Championship.
Shinnie scored three goals in total during the season, two from the penalty spot in victories against Birmingham City and Luton Town, and once in open play in a 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth..
In total, he played 43 times and following the conclusion of the season, he was voted as the Jack Stamps Player of the Season by the Derby County supporters.
Shinnie’s professional career began at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and he made his first-team debut at the age of just 17.
He spent time on loan at Highland League side Forres Mechanics in his first season as a professional before becoming a first-team regular at the Highland outfit from the start of the 2010/11 season.
During six seasons with Inverness, Shinnie made 187 appearances, scoring eight times, and was primarily used as a left-back.
His time at Inverness ended on a high note in May 2015 as he lifted the Scottish Cup following a 2-1 victory over Falkirk at Hampden Park.
Shinnie joined Aberdeen as a free agent when his Inverness contract expired in the summer of 2015.
He made 181 appearances over the course of four campaigns, netting 11 goals, and wore the captain’s armband from 2017 onwards.
Shinnie has also gained European experience with Aberdeen in recent seasons in the Europa League qualifiers, as well as playing in two Scottish League Cup Finals and one Scottish Cup Final.
On the international stage, Shinnie has six full international caps to his name for Scotland.
A former Scotland Under-21 international, he made his international bow in May 2018 against Peru and has since made a further five appearances for his country.
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