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Max Bird has revealed that he will’miss’ three of his Derby County teammates ahead of his departure.

Max Bird has been at Derby County since he was ten years old, making his senior debut only days before turning sixteen.
The midfielder has been a mainstay in the Rams’ starting lineup for the previous four seasons and was instrumental in helping them achieve promotion back to the Championship this season, scoring six goals and giving seven assists.

Bird’s form has long piqued intrigue, and he is finally due to depart Pride Park this summer.

The 23-year-old’s departure was announced in February, when he signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Bristol City before returning to Derby on loan.

His final match with the Rams was a 2-0 victory over Carlisle United, in which he scored early.
Max Bird acknowledges it will be very ‘tough’ to leave his teammates

Bird has delivered a poignant interview with the club, naming three players he will’miss’ as he prepares to depart to Ashton Gate.

Derby Midfielder Bird Joins Bristol City But Returns On Loan - Blog - Derby  County
Speaking to Derby County’s official website about Eiran Cashin, Louie Sibley, and Liam Thompson, he said: “I will miss them. We grew up together, achieved suc

“Me, Cash, and Tommo sit next to each other in the changing room, and there are a lot of tiny things that I will miss. It’s all part of football, so move on. New challenges and chances arise, but they will be difficult. They’ve benefited me both on and off the pitch. It will be difficult to leave them and move somewhere different, but I am looking forward to it.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Louie Sibley of Derby County are celebrating after Max Bird scored a goal to make it 1-0 during the Sky Bet League 1 mat...

How will Derby County cope without the 23-year-old?
Max Bird isn’t the only academy talent who has been linked with a move, with Cashin and Sibley attracting plenty of attention in recent years.

cess together, and were relegated and promoted together. We all arrived at different times.

The former looked set to secure himself a move to the Premier League before signing a new contract this season, though the Rams could well have lost their star players this summer if they had failed to win promotion. Derby’s place in the Championship should guarantee them a safety net with some of their prized assets, but they will be well aware that their young talents are likely to be subject to bids in the coming months.

Paul Warne‘s side really can’t afford to lose any further first-team players though, as heading into the new season with an even weaker team will make staying up incredibly difficult.

Delving into the transfer market themselves will give them great hope though, with a new striker surely high on their priority list.

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