Thorne suffered a bad knee problem during the last campaign, which meant he was predominantly unavailable for old manager Steve McClaren.
However, he seems determined to hit the ground running this summer, with an intention to make up for lost time under Paul Clement.
“At the moment, I am fit and I will do what I can to make sure I'm in the best shape come pre-season,” he told the Derby Telegraph.
“I am focused on having a very good pre-season, a tough pre-season to make sure I am ready for the first game.”
Reasons to be cautious
The temptation for Clement could be to get him back into competitive action as soon as possible.
However, that’s a risk unless the player can prove beyond all doubt that he’s fit and ready to get stuck into the challenges facing the club next season.
Derby already have some good midfield options and there’s every chance that Clement can move to add further players to that area of his squad over the summer.
The advantage of a clean slate
It’s a clean slate for every Derby player under Clement and if Thorne can make a real impression on the new boss in pre-season, his chances of becoming an important component of the team in the Championship increase.
He can get himself into the back of the manager’s mind with solid sessions in training and by being at the front of every run or performing most effectively in every drill.