Ince was confirmed as a permanent signing under Paul Clement after spending a brief period on loan with the Rams under old manager Steve McClaren.
He’s in confident mod ahead of the club’s opening game against Bolton and he’ll be looking to make himself a core player in a Derby side, which hopefully does well throughout the season.
“I guess in some ways this is a season I’m looking forward to more than any other,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“I feel fresh for the break I had in the summer and it was great I got the move to Derby sorted early in pre-season.”
“I’ve got a good pre-season behind me and the eagerness is really there for me.”
A big season for the club
It’s a very important season for Derby because after missing out on promotion via the play-offs two years ago, the club was unable to improve on that campaign last season.
Clement has been heavily backed in terms of transfers with Ince included, which creates a pressure for him and the football club to move forward.
Anything other than a good start to the season would mean that pressure intensifies even further and then Clement will be fully tested with his every move being scrutinised.
A big season for Ince
It’s also a big season for Tom Ince on a personal level because after a long time contracted to a Premier League club, he’s made a permanent move down.
He needs to prove to himself as much as everyone else that he’s capable of playing at a higher level, which is important moving forward for his belief and confidence.