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On-loan George Thorne waits until the end of the season at Derby County to decide on his future

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

Middlesbrough v Derby County Riverside Stadium George Thorne

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GEORGE Thorne says he wants to help Derby County win promotion to the Premier League before thinking about his long-term future.

The midfielder is on loan from West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the Championship campaign.

While parent club West Brom battle to secure their top flight status, the Rams have a chance to go up via the play-offs.

Thorne signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Baggies just before he joined Derby at the end of January.

But the 21-year-old is keeping his options open as to where he will be playing his football next season.

“I’ve been asked this question quite a lot,” said Thorne, who has made 17 first-team appearances for West Brom.

“I’ve always said that I want to be playing in the Premier League next season.

“At the minute, I want to get promoted with Derby. That is what my focus is on at the moment. Then we can sit down and review things.”

Thorne had to wait until March 22 to make his Rams debut – in the 5-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest – but has started the last eight games.

He scored his first Derby goal in Friday’s 2-0 victory at Doncaster Rovers and was named man of the match.

“I’m very pleased with my form,” said Thorne, who is keeping the experienced John Eustace out of the side.

“It was frustrating when I wasn’t in the team but that’s football.

“When I did come into the team, we had six games in two weeks.

“In a couple of those games, I got a bit leggy – but at the same time, it helped get me up to the level I need to be at.

“The squad is being handled well and credit to the staff who have got all the lads fit.”

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