Alongside Matt Yates, Joe Bateman signed his first professional contract in May 2017 and has been a permanent member of Derby County’s Under-23s squad since the 2016/17 season.
After an injury-hit first year of his scholarship, the defender bounced back over the 2015/16 campaign and helped to make a big impact.
Due to his impressive displays as the captain of the Under-18s, his form saw him step up regularly to the Under-23s squad.
He made has featured heavily for Darrenn Wassall’s side during the past three seasons and scored his first goal in Premier League 2 against Swansea in September 2017 and has featured as a centre-back, right-back and as a defensive-midfielder.
U23 Appearances: 17
U23 Starts: 17
U23 Goals: 0
U23 Assists: 0
U23 Goal Contributions: 0