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My mate and long standing Derby fan Andy Buckley-Taylor has managed to get his blog covered by the Chad newspapers website. If you know the Chad it is base in Mansfield over the border!!

They are happily running a blog about Derby. His first makes interesting reading regarding planning for the future with the younger players etc.

[size=3]ONE of the big success stories of Nigel Clough’s reign at Derby County has been the emergence of home grown players.

Last season both Jeff Hendrick and Mark O’Brien became regulars in the matchday squad.

Both of these young lads hail from southern Ireland and performed exceptionally well in their first full season as regular team members.

A few other youngsters are also set to make the move up in the near future too!

In the case of O’Brien, his emergence came only months after having serious heart surgery.

He deputised early last season for injured captain Shaun Barker and did a fantastic job. A knee injury halted his progress mid season, but he has returned since and continues to impress and do a capable job in defence.

Jeff Hendrick has become an automatic choice in the centre of Derby’s midfield. Voted ‘Young Player of the Season’ in 2011/12 he’s a fine example of quality academy graduates. Jeff needs no introduction to East Midlands football fans as he was scorer of the winning goal at Nottingham Forest last year.

After an indifferent start this season, he has recaptured the form that has had the Premier League Scouts watching him.

Jeff recently was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad and I’ve no doubt will become a regular in the green jersey.

Will Hughes made his full debut in the final game of last season and hasn’t missed a match since.

The 17-year-old shows the skill and vision of a seasoned pro. His passing, tackling and his ability to read the game has had many people including former professionals comparing him with Liam Brady.[/size]

Please feel free to read the rest here [url=http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/derby-county/andy-buckley-taylor-s-derby-county-blog-plan-for-the-future-not-just-today-1-5411563]http://www.chad.co.u...today-1-5411563

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