Derby County confirmed on their official website on Saturday night that they have re-signed former midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Hull City.
The Pride Park outfit sold the Rams youth product to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005 but the cultured deep-lying playmaker has returned to his boyhood club after 12 years away.
— Tom Huddlestone (@Huddz8) July 15, 2017
Huddlestone was part of the Hull side that was relegated from the Premier League in 2016-17 and speculation has been rife over the 30-year-old’s future in recent weeks.
Derby have landed him on a two-year contract, with the midfielder admitting that he is delighted to return to the Rams and that he is committed to helping the club get promoted to the Premier League.
It has been a summer of upheaval so far for Gary Rowett’s men, with the departures of Will Hughes and Tom Ince to top-flight sides Watford and Huddersfield Town respectively.
However, Derby have been shrewd in their recruitment, with Huddlestone joining another former Ram, Andre Wisdom, and Curtis Davies as new faces for the Championship club.
Notably, the players that Rowett is bringing to Pride Park are all keen to play for the East Midlands outfit and a handful have invaluable experience of playing in the Premier League.
Huddlestone’s reading of the game and range of passing are his standout abilities and it is little wonder that the 30-year-old was being linked with a couple of top-flight sides earlier in the summer.
The Derby fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight with the signing, with the supporters almost unanimously over the moon at the midfielder’s return.
Some pointed out that Rowett is adding experience and a solid spine to the Rams team, with real optimism ahead of the new Championship season starting next month.
Great signing Tom Huddlestone is! #dcfc
— Matthew Cooper (@MCooper0191) July 16, 2017
Check Twitter this morning to find out #dcfc have signed Huddlestone. Fantastic news, it made the early start for work more bearable.
— Dave W (@davidlee535) July 16, 2017
— Derby County Polls (@RamsPolls) July 16, 2017
— Matt T (@tweddytwedds) July 15, 2017
Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone & Wisdom.
If Carlsberg did transfer windows #DCFC
— Mark Hull ðŸ¥€ (@MarkHullMathers) July 15, 2017
Yes Tom Huddlestone!!!! #dcfc
— Ash Fowkes (@ashfowkes1995) July 15, 2017
Davies chose us.
Wisdom chose us.
Huddlestone chose us.
Fantastic to get such quality here who will give that extra % each game.#dcfc
— Rams (@RamDerby) July 15, 2017
Valentine's Day 2004 at Wigan, best pass I ever saw a #dcfc player make – Huddlestone to fat Noel Whelan – who miscontrolled it into touch.
— Derby County Blog (@derbycountyblog) July 15, 2017
— WILL PRIESTLEY (@willyp79) July 15, 2017
— Aaron Laver (@aaronlaver) July 15, 2017
Buzzing that tom Huddlestone has resigned, third quality signing, Rowett has done excellent business this window #dcfc
— Kyle Guest (@Kyleguest) July 15, 2017