The Rams’ No.1 Scott Carson will go into the 2018/19 campaign off the back of what was arguably the best season of his career so far.
Numerous landmarks were passed, as he kept his 50th clean sheet in a Derby shirt, as well as recording 20 shutouts in a single season for the first time in a career that has spanned nearly 15 years.
Above all though, the fans will remember some barely-believable saves that Carson made, in particular from Britt Assombalonga, Ike Ugbo and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
This form saw the ‘keeper rewarded with a new two-and-a-half-year deal in January, with the option to extend by a further year.
Carson arrived at Pride Park Stadium in 2015 with a wealth of experience at the highest level of football to his name, which includes four caps as a full England international.
The Whitehaven-born stopper had also amassed well over 300 professional appearances in club football too, turning out for Leeds United, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Bursaspor and Wigan Athletic.
There have been notable successes along the way.
Carson was a promotion-winner with West Brom in 2009/10, helped Wigan Athletic achieve a play-off finish in 2013/14 and was an unused substitute as Liverpool memorably came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with AC Milan in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, before lifting the trophy following a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul – in addition to also being an unused substitute in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup against CSKA Moscow.
On the international stage, Carson represented England at Under-18 and Under-21 level on a regular basis before making his full international debut in 2007, having also claimed two caps for England’s B side.
After being part of the England squad for the 2006 World Cup, he made his international bow against Austria in 2007 and kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory.