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Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson eyes further glory in ‘best season’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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CRAIG Bryson says play-off-bound Derby County have not achieved anything yet – and is determined to make the most of their promotion chance.

The Rams have secured a top-six spot in the Championship and Bryson is determined to finish the job by helping the club go back up to the Premier League.

The Scotland international believes Derby have surprised a few people this season – but he is not content to stop there.

“I don’t think many people expected us to get in the play-offs at the start of the season – or to be third at this stage,” said the midfielder.

“So whatever happens, it has been an excellent season.

“Everyone it delighted to be in the play-offs, but we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“We’ve still got work to do.

“We’ve got two games to cement third place and that’s what we want to do.

“We obviously want to make the most of the opportunity we’ve got here.

“But all the other clubs involved will be thinking the same thing.

“Every team and every player wants to get to the Premier League. Hopefully, we can come out on top.”

Bryson joined the Rams in the summer of 2011 from Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock.

“Derby is a massive club,” he said. “I knew it was a big club before I came here but when you sign, you realise how big it is.

“With the fan base, the stadium and the training ground, everything is set up for the Premier League.

“We just need to try our best to get there now!”

Bryson has enjoyed a fine campaign on a personal level, scoring 16 goals from central midfield, including hat-tricks against Millwall and arch rivals Nottingham Forest.

“It’s been the best season of my career by far,” said the 27-year-old.

“The score the number of goals I have from centre midfield and get two hat-tricks has been really pleasing.

“And to make the play-offs is a new experience for me.

“It’s been an excellent season for me, personally, and to be honest, I don’t want it to end!

“I think when you play in a better team, it sometimes brings the best out of you.

“We’ve been excellent this season – everyone in the team. I don’t think you could pick out one failure.

“We’re playing well as a team and we just want to keep it going in the play-offs.”

Derby will be looking to join Leicester City and Burnley in the top flight after the duo sealed automatic promotion.

“The way Leicester have won the league after what happened to them last season (losing in the play-offs) has been unbelievable.

“They’ve been the most consistent team in the division, along with Burnley.

“They both deserve to be going up.

“At the moment, we’re the third best team in the division and we want to stay there.”

Derby take on Watford at the iPro Stadium today, kick-off 3pm, in their final home league game.

The Hornets are 12th but still have an outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs themselves.

“I’m sure Watford will still believe they can get into the play-offs,” said Bryson.

“They’re not too far off and have a game in hand.

“They’ll be thinking if they can beat us, they’ve got a slight chance of getting in there.

“It just makes it an even harder game for us.”

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