Derby prospect reveals what Steve McClaren told him before debut

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Jamie Hanson made his debut for Derby County on Saturday.

19-year-old Hanson has told the Burton Mail what Steve McClaren told him before making his first-team debut for Derby County.

The young centre-half has a host of appearances to his name across various youth levels for the Rams, but he made his first ever professional appearance for Derby as a starter in their Championship tie with Norwich.

Usually a defender, Hanson filled in the holding midfield role due to injuries to Omar Mascarell, George Thorne and John Eustace, and played a key role in Derby’s equalising goal. Taking an in-swinging corner, Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy fumbled the ball, letting Hanson’s ball go over the line.

Having impressed on his first ever appearance in professional football, especially against one of the best teams in the entire division, the youngster looks to have a bright future and will likely play an important role for Derby as the promotion race in the Championship heats up.

Despite never making a professional appearance, Hanson looked comfortable in the first-team, but he has admitted that he was nervous prior to the start of the game, and has revealed what head coach Steve McClaren told him to ease his transition to Championship-level football.

Quoted in the Burton Mail, Hanson said: "I was a little bit nervous. I just kept telling myself that I needed to play it simple, keep my feet on the ground, keep moving, keep talking.

"Once I completed my first couple of passes, I thought I settled quite well.

"The gaffer told me before the game just to screen the back four and keep everything I do simple. The other players really helped me."

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