Academy graduate Jason Knight is one of several players to have successfully made the step-up from Derby County’s youth system – following two years as a scholar - to the first-team scene.
The midfielder, who is at home in the middle of the park but is also more than capable of performing out wide, burst onto the scene in the 2019/20 season.
An energetic and all-action player, Knight combines his ability on the ball with his desire and determination out of possession and those qualities quickly made him become an important member of the squad.
After being on the bench for Derby’s Play-Off campaign during the 2018/19 season – following an impressive campaign with the Rams’ title-winning Under-18s and Under-23s - he made his senior bow as a substitute on the opening day of the 2019/20 season at Huddersfield Town.
He went on to make his first-ever career start in the 1-0 Carabao Cup First Round victory at Scunthorpe United just over a week later and made his first league start before August was out.
Knight remained a regular throughout the campaign and made 35 appearances in all competitions, while he also weighed in with a healthy return of six goals.
His first two professional goals came in a much-needed 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic in December 2019 at Pride Park Stadium on what was a night to remember for the Irishman.
Knight’s performances across the campaign were rewarded with a new contract and also a nomination for the Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year accolade.