Bent joined the club on loan from Aston Villa and had an instant impact under former manager Steve McClaren.
However, he picked up an injury problem, which saw him drop out of the team and that coincided with Derby’s fall away from the top of the table and eventually outside the play-off places, which was a gap they were never able to make up.
“It got to a stage at Derby last season when I felt everything I hit was going to go in. It is a fantastic feeling to have,” he said.
“It was frustrating for myself and Chrissy but also frustrating for the team.”
“It is difficult sitting on the sidelines watching games you might be able to affect, if fit.”
Current Derby boss Paul Clement made no mistake when Bent became a free agent following his Villa release, with the striker quickly signing on the dotted line of a long term deal.
Bent will definitely feel as though he’s got a point to prove in the coming season and will be looking to use the disappointment of the last campaign to his advantage.
The Rams need to get off to a good start in the Championship, positioning themselves somewhere near the top of the table.
They need to give themselves a good chance of being able to hang in and around the top six for the majority of the campaign, looking to make up for the heartbreak of the last two seasons.
If the Rams are to be promoted, Bent needs to have a good season and he seems determined to rediscover the ‘fantastic feeling’ he experienced last season.