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Wisdom: My debt to Derby County

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

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ANDRE Wisdom has spoken of how much he learned during his loan spell at Derby County.

Wisdom has praised Steve McClaren and the players for the support he received at Derby.

The 21-year-old defender made 38 consecutive starts at right-back after signing on loan from Liverpool in October. He returned to his parent club following the Championship play-off final defeat by QPR.

Wisdom is now back in training with Liverpool and featured in their first pre-season friendly in Brondby on Wednesday night as he looks to stake a claim for a regular place in the Reds' first-team squad.

He believes his time with Derby helped his progress.

"I really enjoyed the loan at Derby. I learned a lot and it was a good experience," said Wisdom.

"Derby was really good for me because I played in all of their games. It was good to find a consistency in playing and the lads there helped me a lot."

Wisdom was impressed by Derby's style of play.

"They like to pass the ball," he added. "In the Championship, there are a lot of long balls and it's very physical but Derby have some good players and I learned a lot about the tactical and positional side of my game.

"It was really good and I wish Derby all the best."

Wisdom said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers kept in touch while he was at Derby.

"The gaffer has been really supportive," added Wisdom.

"When I was at Derby he was always sending me good luck messages and telling me to stay confident, keep playing the way I was."

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