Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson has taken to Twitter to thank the club and its supporters following his surprise deadline day move to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Rams shot-stopper joins Manchester City on a season-long loan. City are likely to pick up his wages for the season, while Derby have signed Ben Hamer on loan as a replacement.
Carson joined Derby in 2015 and made more than 150 appearances for the club. He is a popular figure at Pride Park, but last season he lost the number one spot to Dutchman Kelle Roos.
The former Liverpool man, however, has remained a positive influence around the club. Carson leaves with Derby supporters’ best wishes, and he thanked the fans with a parting Twitter message.
Thanks @dcfcofficial I’ve had a great 3 seasons and enjoyed every minute of it. Gave my all for the club since day one. No bad feelings at all totally understand this is football.. huge thanks to all the staff, players and @dcfcfans who have supported me good luck this season 🐏 pic.twitter.com/41KJm5kvrv
— Scott Carson (@SCarsonOfficial) August 8, 2019
What will be Scott Carson’s role at Manchester City?
Carson isn’t likely to make many appearances at the Etihad Stadium. Brazil international Ederson is one of the world’s best goalkeepers, while Claudio Bravo will feature in cup competitions.
But that doesn’t mean the 33-year-old isn’t a worthwhile addition for City. Carson arrives with plenty of experience. He will be an excellent role model around the youngsters, and a reliable player in training.
Top Premier League clubs have made a habit of signing experienced third-choice goalkeepers. Former Rams academy graduate Lee Grant, now 36, is at Manchester United. 39-year-old Rob Green, meanwhile, was a Europa League winner with Chelsea last season before retiring this summer.
Carson’s contract at Derby expires next summer, therefore it’s likely he has played his last game for the Championship club. The former England international has been one of the Rams’ best shot-stoppers in the past two decades.
Hopefully, he now gets to pick up a medal or two at City before he decides to call it a day.