Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has taken to Twitter to express his gratitude to the club after completing a move to Derby County today.
Warnock was snapped up by the Rams for an undisclosed fee, Derby's official website reports, and although the experienced full-back says he is excited at the challenge that awaits him at the iPro he still had time to remember the part that Leeds had played in his career.
Happy to officially be @dcfcofficial player! Can't wait to get the journey started! Appreciate the warm welcome today from everyone!— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) January 15, 2015
Would also like to thank everyone at @LUFC for the memories. Met some great people along the way. Best of luck for the rest of the season.— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) January 15, 2015
Warnock has been one of Leeds' top performers this season and his loss is a major blow to the side.
The 33-year-old had captained the side on regular occasions, but the uncertainty over his future forced him to move on.
Warnock had just six months remaining on his contract at Elland Road and the Whites were unprepared to offer him longer than a year's extension, according to the BBC's Adam Pope.
Derby, however, were happy to give him an 18-month deal and they feel he has a lot to offer for their promotion fight.
Derby are currently in the automatic promotion spaces in the Championship and they will hope bringing in someone of Warnock's experience will help see them over the line in the second half of the campaign.