Former Derby player ranks high in Football League top 50 list

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Released by Derby County in 2011, Rotherham United midfielder Ben Pringle has been placed higher than his former employer's top goalscorers - Craig Bryson and Chris Martin - in FourFourTwo magazine's Football League top 50 players list.

The list published by FourFourTwo magazine is always the subject of much debate. One of its more interesting choices, however, was to name former Derby midfielder Ben Pringle ahead of the Rams current top two goalscorers, Chris Martin and Craig Bryson. Truth be told, many Derby County fans appear to be a bit shocked.

Derby midfield starlet Will Hughes and on-loan star Patrick Bamford were named inside the top 20, but the more influential pairing of Craig Bryson and Chris Martin had to make do with 32nd and 38th, respectively in the list.

15 goals and 10 assists isn't enough for box-to-box midfielder Craig Bryson to break the Football League's top 20 players.

Pringle, the 'ginger Robbie Savage' as he was colourfully named by the Derby fans, was always a willing runner, but he fell short of expectations after an excellent first-start against Cardiff City in 2009, which earned him the supporter's Man of the Match award.

Pringle's last two seasons in South Yorkshire, however, have seen him go from strength to strength. In fact, he was even linked with a £1million move to Derby's promotion rivals Reading late last year.

The move from Derby has benefited Pringle, and if Rotherham are promoted this season he looks likely to become a key player in the Championship next term.

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