Former Derby defender Craig Short has rejoined the club as head of recruitment for the Academy.
Short, 43, made over 600 professional appearances during his career, with 143 of those coming for the Rams following his £2.65million arrival from Notts County in September 1992.
The centre-half moved to Everton in July 1995 and also played for Scarborough, Blackburn and Sheffield United.
He later managed Hungarian club Ferencváros and Notts County, where he was sacked last year after only five months in charge.
"In a nutshell, Craig is looking to discover 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old talents who can come in and be a part of the Academy set-up which is making great progress," said chief executive Tom Glick.
"We are incredibly excited about the number of players, particularly between the ages of 15 and 18, who should play Championship football and higher with Derby County.
"Craig is looking to find more and more of them, and to work them into the system at whatever age is appropriate.
"As part of his job we also expect he will find some older players - 18, 19, 20-year-olds - who could perhaps move into the development squad or perhaps immediately into the first team.
"Craig is a very well-respected, very well-connected guy and a highly-intelligent guy, so we are thrilled to have him as part of the club."
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