Derby County completed the signing of Wigan Athletic defender Nathan Byrne ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season.
The right-back joined Derby from the Sky Bet League 1 side for an undisclosed fee and on a two-year deal.
Byrne was brought in to provide another option for manager Phillip Cocu to call upon at right-back, following Jayden Bogle’s departure to Premier League side Sheffield United a few days earlier.
The full-back arrived at Derby with over 100 appearances at Championship level to his name, while he also displayed his attacking qualities for Wigan in the 2019/20 season as he recorded eight assists from 39 league outings.
St Albans-born Byrne began his career at Tottenham Hotspur and, although he didn’t make a senior appearance for the club, he had spells out on loan in the EFL at Brentford, AFC Bournemouth, Crawley Town and Swindon Town over the course of the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.
Byrne went on to join Swindon permanently in the summer of 2013 and recorded in excess of 100 appearances for the Robins.
His impressive displays caught the attention of clubs higher up the EFL, notably after being named in the PFA League 1 Team of the Year for the 2014/15 season, and in September 2015 Byrne joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were then in the Championship.
Byrne spent the 2015/16 campaign at Molineux, making 24 appearances, before he was on the move again in August 2016 as he sealed a switch north to Wigan Athletic.
During his time with the Latics, Byrne was a regular in their backline and, after a brief loan spell at Charlton Athletic in the second half of the 2016/17 season, he returned to the DW Stadium to star during their title-winning campaign in League 1 during the 2017/18 season.
As well as claiming a league winner’s medal and being named in the League 1 Team of the Season, he was also crowned as Wigan’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.
Byrne racked up 136 appearances during his time with Wigan, taking his career total beyond the 300 mark, where he played alongside another Derby summer signing in goalkeeper David Marshall.