Former Derby centre-half Craig Short has rejoined the Championship club as head of recruitment for the Academy. The 43 year old made 143 appearances for the Rams following his £2.65million arrival from Notts County in September 1992.

The defender also played for Everton, Scarborough, Blackburn and Sheffield United. He later managed Hungarian club Ferencvaros and had a short spell at Notts County.

"In a nutshell, Craig is looking to discover 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old talents who can come in and be a part of the Academy set-up which is making great progress," said chief executive Tom Glick. "We are incredibly excited about the number of players, particularly between the ages of 15 and 18, who should play Championship football and higher with Derby County.

"Craig is looking to find more and more of them, and to work them into the system at whatever age is appropriate. As part of his job we also expect he will find some older players - 18, 19, 20-year-olds - who could perhaps move into the development squad or perhaps immediately into the first team.

"Craig is a very well-respected, very well-connected guy and a highly-intelligent guy, so we are thrilled to have him as part of the club."

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