Albion's George Thorne is eyeing a switch to the Rams

Albion midfielder George Thorne today hinted he could stay at Derby next season if he helps the Rams reach the Premier League.

George Thorne of West Bromwich Albion U21 and Adam Campbell of Newcastle United.
George Thorne of West Bromwich Albion, left

Thorne scored his first Derby goal to cap a man-of-the-match display in Friday’s 2-0 win at Doncaster.

And the 21-year-old has hinted he could be tempted into an extended loan or permanent switch to the Rams if they reach the top flight.

Steve McClaren’s men look on course for the Championship play-offs and Thorne said: “I’ve always said I want to be playing in the Premier League next season but it could be with Derby.

“At the minute I want to get promoted with Derby and then we can sit down and review things.

“Ideally you’d like automatic promotion, but if it comes down to a day at Wembley we’d back ourselves in a one off game.

“I’m delighted we’re in the play-offs but we will continue to put pressure on Burnley to get that second automatic place.”

Thorne has now made seven starts for Derby after being frustrated as an unused substitute in his early weeks in the East Midlands.

He said: “I’m very pleased with my form. It was frustrating not being the team but we have a strong squad.

“It’s down to us to cement our place in the starting eleven for the play-offs.”

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Comments for: "Albion's George Thorne is eyeing a switch to the Rams"

Jack the Hat

I would be happy to see George play for Derby in the Premiership on another season loan. Just as long as two clauses are in the loan contract regarding him not being allowed to play against us and a callback one if required.




Hit him on the tail

Division 3.


Here's another of those famous reports where the context is missing. Players respond to questions and therefore answer accordingly. Given the performance George gave on Friday, why would Albion even consider selling him to a rival? After a serious long injury Thorne required match time at the right level; that wasn't in a struggling Premier League side.

I know some refer to me as 'the Headmaster', but I write in the style I do because I recognise the need to raise the bar - local journalism can become a serious impairment if not exercised.


Oh please. Jeremy Peace would sell his own granny if he could make a profit from the deal.

If Derby offer the right deal he will go. Then whatever money we get from him will go in the bank, little/none of it will get spent on new players (see Shane Long transfer fee), and poor Pepe Mel will get stuck with the same under-performing, ageing squad he has now, just even weaker. Peace's "yes man" Garlick will publicly state "the club feels the current squad is strong enough, and last season was just an off patch", and when we are fighting relegation again next season (if anyone can get hold of him) Peace will state: "We are a mid table Championship club, who are over performing. What do we expect?", while of course making no reference what so ever to the ever growing heap of cash sitting in the Albion's bank account, since we will be going into at least our 3rd straight year of turning over a profit in the millions.

Please, anyone feel free to copy this comment and see how much of it comes true over the next 12 months. (Although to be honest I hope Pepe has the sense to walk away from us in the close season if Peace doesn't start running this club like a serious premier league club!)

CantelloRocket 78

I watched Derby play Doncaster, and George did have a great game - as the commentator said at the time, he didn't put a foot wrong all night, so he deserved the 'MOTM' award-

the only thing I'd say is he's quite a big lad in midfield, so he looks a little slow in movement, and as the premiership tends to be faster and 'slicker' than the Championship, it might explain why he hasn't established himself in the Baggies team so far-

having said that, he comes across as a lad with real talent, a good work ethic, and seeing him interviewed he also seems to be intelligent and level-headed.

At 21, he can still develop into a really good player, so let him gain experience elsewhere, but definitely hold on to him long-term.

Jack the Hat


From what I remember from my armchair mate, George was coming on fine until injury stopped his gallop. Now he is showing good form and with Graham Dorrans hitting hitting form it would do George good to get Derby promoted and carry on playing for them on loan in the Premiership, the experience would be invaluable for him.


CantelloRocket 78


yes mate, he picked up the same injury as Zoltan Gera, which was very unfortunate, but luckily he's still young with time on his hands to develop further.

We Only Need One Half!

Wouldn't be against another loan spell, if Pepe believes he is currently surplus, but the form he has been showing of late it would be good to see how he performs with Derby in the Prem before a decision was made to make it permanent.

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Jacques le Chapeau. I've had a word with Liz, (a Baggies supporter) and she says you may well be considered for Poet Laureate next season if you are a Prophet as well as a Bard.


PS: You're already barred from The Moulinex.


George is saying the sensible thing at present. However, It will be Albion who decide where his future lies next season and up to him to prove his ability to get into our first team.

We may very well need him next year to stack up our squad of English (home grown) players and numbers after the summer clear out

Good to see him coming to some form after his injury.


You think there will be a summer clear out? hat would mean Peace has to sign players to replace them. Unless he can secure half a dozen free transfers from the lower leagues we wont have a clear out.


Let's see him back in Blue and White stripes next season.

The Real Bully Hoo.

If as the article states, 'he's hinted,' why don't they print the hints for us all to see?

Yet another stirring ( and I don't mean in the inspirational sense) article that appears to have no visible means of support.


If he's still picking on that tiny little schoolboy player do we really want him at our club? Can he be done for bullying or is that just when you disagree with somebody on here.


It would be a upward step for George to sign for Derby, to play regular first-team football, and maybe progress to international recognition in time, should the Rams get promoted or even if they don't. Otherwise he is likely to become another Sinclair or Dorrans, keeping the bench warm most weeks (at best) – whichever division WBA play next season. If relegated you will be stuck with expensive foreign signings you can't offload, and if you stay up there won't be a place for George ahead of those players and close-season foreign signings that will push him down the list even further. These talented young players need to drop down to the Championship and play regularly because England will have to start picking from Championship teams soon. Several Leicester and Burnley players will become full internationals next season, thanks to the lack of opportunity for British players in the top division to showcase their skills, as Southampton have shown. That's the future, move down a division and develop. Victor Moses, on loan at Liverpool mirrors Sinclair, what a waste of a season for those two. The same can be said for Andre Wisdom and Patrick Bamford at Derby this year, they too should push for a move to the Rams.

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