Eustace has been released by the club, as Paul Clement looks to make changes, which give the side a greater chance of being promoted next season.
“Eusty is one of those players who just gets on with his job,” said McClaren.
“His record when he plays is phenomenal, his win record is unbelievable. The players like him, he is experienced and we did miss that.”
“Losing him to injury was a huge disappointment.”
A problem for Clement?
Current Derby boss Paul Clement has a real challenge on his hand to bring in a player who can play that protective role in front of his back four.
Derby have already made some good signings in the transfer market and it will be interesting to see if Chris Baird is drafted in to play that role.
If he’s not, then it’s one more signing that Clement has to make ahead of the return of the Championship action in August.
A necessary sacrifice
Some fans would suggest that Eustace is a player that arguably needed to be moved on in order for Derby to move forward.
While Clement has a real challenge to improve his midfield for next season, he’s shown with the deals he’s overseen so far that he’s got a determination to attract a certain type of player.
The experience will be a big miss, but a player can now come in who can sit in Eustace’s role for several years, hopefully as part of a club which will get promoted.