STEVE McClaren sees the versatility of new loan signing Ryan Shotton as a valuable asset to Derby County's squad, writes Steve Nicholson.
Shotton (pictured) has joined the Rams from Stoke City, initially on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
McClaren says the 25-year-old defender-cum-midfielder will strengthen his defensive options.
Shotton is a right-back who has also played in wide midfield roles.
Derby might also see him as a centre-back.
He stands at 6ft 3in and has a long throw-in similar to that of ex-Derby and Stoke midfielder Rory Delap.
Shotton is in the final year of his contract at Stoke but out of the first-team picture.
He goes straight into the Derby squad for tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Charlton Athletic at the iPro Stadium (7.45pm).
McClaren said: "Ryan is big, strong and has a physical presence, as well as being a good footballer and having Premier League experience to his name."
Shotton progressed through the Stoke City Academy and signed a professional contract in 2007.
He had loan spells at Altrincham, Tranmere Rovers and Barnsley before he broke into Stoke's first team towards the end of the 2010–11 season.
He made 69 appearances for the Potters and scored two goals and spent the first half of last season on loan at Wigan, where he played 14 games.
In total, he has made 189 senior appearances in his career.
Fenton-born Shotton had not figured for Stoke since the last match under Tony Pulis in May last year.