Transfer news: Ryan Shotton joins Derby on two-and-a-half-year deal
Last Updated: 01/01/15 4:22pm
Derby County have signed Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell at Pride Park.
Shotton, who joins the Rams for an undisclosed fee, originally signed for Steve McClaren's side in August and he has now put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 26-year-old has made 14 appearances this season, scoring twice, and McClaren is delighted to have secured the services of the versatile defender longer term.
He said: "We’re pleased to welcome Ryan Shotton to the club on a permanent basis.
“He has shown in his brief time with us that he is an important member of the squad, contributing with good performances and showing his versatility.”
Shotton came through the ranks at the Britannia Stadium but played only 70 times in seven seasons with the club and had loan spells with Altrincham, Tranmere, Barnsley and Wigan before his move to Pride Park.