GEORGE Thorne says signing on loan for Derby County was a “no brainer” and now he wants to help the club’s promotion push.
The 21-year-old midfielder has arrived from West Bromwich Albion until the end of the season.
He was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s and is eager to play his part in the Rams’ top-six challenge.
“I have seen how well the team has been doing and spoke to a few of the lads that I know.
“It was a no brainer for me – I wanted to come here and play football,” said Thorne.
“There were a few options but I had my mind and heart set on Derby.
“I have been keeping an eye on the results and the way things have been going. The lads are flying at the moment and hopefully I can come in and contribute to that.
“As a player you want to be involved in a winning team and a side that is winning things. I found myself in a situation where I wasn’t playing at West Bromwich Albion and I need to play games.
“To have a team like Derby after you is very positive for me.”
Thorne has been building his match fitness following the serious knee injury he suffered playing for Albion against Everton in January.
He played eight games in a loan spell at Watford during which Derby monitored his progress.
“I knew of interest from Derby when I first came back from my anterior cruciate ligament injury,” said Thorne.
“At the time I felt it was right to go to Watford but all credit to the head coach (Steve McClaren) and the guys here, they have kept in touch and shown their faith in me.
“It is always nice to know a club is monitoring you and keeping you in their sights. I am delighted to be here at Derby.”
McClaren has said Thorne will provide cover and competition for John Eustace who plays the holding role in midfield.
“I am a deep-lying midfield player,” said Thorne. “I like to get on the ball and get the team playing. I like to be in possession.
“That is another reason why I came to Derby because I know the lads play football.
“I spoke to Steve McClaren and I have watched the lads a few times and they play football the right way. I like to get the ball on the deck and pass it.
“The Championship is a very tough league and a very unpredictable one at that. I had a few games at Watford where I was just getting to grips with things and getting my fitness levels back up. Now I feel I am over my injury, ready to push on and continue to progress as a player.”
McClaren’s reputation as a top coach also played a part in Thorne’s move.
“There are a couple of the lads at West Bromwich Albion who worked under Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough,” said Thorne. “James Morrison and Chris Brunt both had nothing but positive things to say about him.
“I know a few boys here already from my time with the England youth set-up. They also had nothing but positive things to say about the squad, the club and the head coach.
“All these things were taken into consideration when I made my decision.”