Andre Wisdom has reflected on the ‘brilliant’ time he had during his loan spell with Derby County, although it ended in heartbreaking circumstances. The young defender now hopes his experience will afford him another shot at earning a place in the Liverpool first-team.
Wisdom was one of the first acquisitions of the Steve McClaren era at Pride Park, arriving in October in a loan deal for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old defender went on to make 37 appearances in the Championship as Derby so very reached the Premier League once again.
Derby, of course, were defeated in the playoff final at Wembley, with Bobby Zamora dealing Queens Park Rangers’ cruel blow in the final minute to ensure Harry Redknapp’s side secured an immediate return to the promised land.
It was the type of defeat that will take some time to get over, with the defining moment still etched into the memories of players from both sides. Wisdom, though, has been able to take it all in his stride, and is now tasked with contemplating with what the future holds with Liverpool.
But while there is optimism about what is ahead for Wisdom, there is some regret with regards his time with Derby, although he departs with many happy memories.
"I have had a brilliant time at Derby County and every minute of it has been a real pleasure," Wisdom told the official Liverpool website. "The aim was to come out and play games and I have done that for the last seven months.
"Under Steve McClaren, I think I have grown as a player and a person and when I report back at Liverpool for pre-season training, I'll be a better player for the brilliant experience I have had.
"I think I have improved as a result of being at Derby and it is just a shame we didn't get the promotion we deserved.
"The lads were brilliant from the minute I arrived. It's not just them, though; the staff and fans have shown so much support to me.
"I've made some good friends as a result of coming to Derby and I can't speak highly enough of the place. I am just gutted I didn't get a goal; I had a few chances and in such an attacking side, but just couldn't score."