KENYA BROWN - Thursday, August 9, 2018
Duane Holmes is now a player in the English Championship as it was announced on Thursday that he made the move to Derby County from Scunthorpe United on England's transfer deadline day.
The American-born midfielder becomes the latest player to join the Rams this summer as they brought in nine players to help them push for promotion to the Premier League with head coach Frank Lampard.
Holmes, 23, started his professional career with Huddersfield Town before heading to Scunthorpe upon his release from the Terriers. He was an important member of the Iron as he played in 94 games for the League One team, scoring 12 goals. He also helped the team to two consecutive promotion playoff appearances.
Upon, the Georigia-born player's signing, Lampard expressed his excitement at signing someone who should be an integral part of their promotion campaign.
I'm pleased that we've been able to conclude the deal to bring Duane to Derby County," he said in a statement on the team's website. "He is an exciting talent and he can play in numerous attacking positions as well. He certainly fits into the profile for us in signing players at a good age for both the present and also the future."
Derby County has employed a couple of Americans in the past with the likes John Harkes and Eddie Lewis donning the black and white jersey.
Holmes will have his first shot of playing for Derby when welcome Leeds United to Pride Park Stadium this weekend.