Tom Lawrence says Ipswich Town played ‘massive part’ in development, following £6m Derby County switch

Derby County have signed Tom Lawrence from Leicester City for a reported £6m. Photo: Derby County FC

Derby County have signed Tom Lawrence from Leicester City for a reported £6m. Photo: Derby County FC - Credit: Archant

Tom Lawrence has thanked Ipswich Town for the part they have played in his development following his multi-million pound move to Derby County.

During his time at Leicester City, Lawrence had temporary spells at Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City before really making a name for himself during a sparkling season-long loan at Portman Road in 2016/17.

“When you are young and go out on loan, each loan spell you learn from,” said the 23-year-old Welsh international, who joins the Rams for an initial fee of £6m, but which could rise to £7m.

“I learned a lot at Ipswich under Mick McCarthy and I think it showed in my performances. The loan spell at Ipswich was massive for me.

“There is a good base there, a great set of lads, manager and staff. They are all great. It just felt good.

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“Mick McCarthy was a massive help to me. Every loan spell I have learned, but I think last season I learned the most I have in my career to date and I am grateful for that.

“I showed everyone what I can do in this league and hopefully I can carry it on this season at Derby. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Derby boss Gary Rowett, who has reportedly handed Lawrence a five-year deal, said: “He had some really good references. I spoke to Mick McCarthy, and if Mick says someone is a decent player than you know he is a decent player because Mick has been around the block.

“Mick was gushing about Tom and said he was fantastic for them last season.”

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