McClaren lauds Derby star Hanson who has been 'great' in recent weeks

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Jamie Hanson has been handed his first chances at Derby County over the past few weeks.

Derby County's form may have dipped in recent weeks, but Steve McClaren has still been impressed by the performances that Jamie Hanson has put in since being thrown into the first-team, judging by his comments on the club's official site.

The 19-year-old was handed his senior debut against Norwich City in the early part of the month and he followed that appearance up with a start against Middlesbrough in the Rams' next match.

Unfortunately for Hanson he wasn't able to help Derby to a win, but the young defender's showings have still earned him praise from McClaren, who feels he has coped well with his first-taste of Championship football. 

“Jamie Hanson has had a great few weeks and that’s fantastic for him," he said. 

“There’s something special when a homegrown players comes through the ranks.

“Credit to all the staff here, they pushed for Jamie to come into the team when we had a few injuries at Norwich and he did very well."

It would have been easy for a youngster to have crumbled, considering the pressure that Derby are under at the moment, but Hanson's performances were testament to his ability and temperament.

It shows how bright the academy graduate's future at the iPro Stadium is and he will be hoping to build on his first taste of senior action.

Derby have already proven their faith in youth throughout the season, with Will Hughes being the best example of the quality that they have produced from their academy system. 

Hanson will now be hoping to follow in Hughes' footsteps by becoming a first-team regular and it seems that he could make the step up in the near future. 

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