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Career In Profile: Jeff Hendrick

31 August 2016

Having joined Derby County as a youth player from St Kevin’s Boys, Hendrick graduated through the Rams academy, turning professional in 2010.

In the 2010/11 season, Hendrick was key for Derby reserves before being introduced into the first-team squad in the closing stages of the campaign, appearing from the bench on four occasions.

He made his first appearance for the first-team against Burnley as the Clarets ran out 4-2 winners at Pride Park in April 2011.

In the 2011/12 season he made his first start in a 1-0 victory over Blackpool in August and soon netted his first goal for the club in dramatic style – scoring the winner for ten-man Derby against rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A consistent campaign followed and he was named the club’s Young Player of the Season as well as gaining recognition from the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.

In the following season, he scored seven goals from midfield and made his full Ireland debut as a substitute in a 2-0 victory over Poland at the Aviva Stadium.

2013/14 saw Hendrick have surgery on an ankle injury but he returned to the side at the end of the season and scored five times in the final 12 fixtures, further establishing himself as a fans’ favourite with a goal 
in the 5-0 East Midlands derby win over Nottingham Forest.

More recently, he has landed the Republic of Ireland Young Player of the Year award and impressed at the European Championships.

He started all four for Martin O’Neill’s men and earned rave reviews for his performances in France, playing alongside new teammate Stephen Ward.

Ireland reached the last 16 of the competition before being knocked out by hosts France.

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