Derby County first-team coach Twan Scheepers told RamsTV he is loving life at the club and feels the team have shown plenty of progress in recent months.

Scheepers arrived at Derby last summer alongside manager Phillip Cocu.

The Dutchmen have had to endure a difficult opening period at Pride Park.

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The drink-driving incident, injuries to key players and a poor record on the road has prompted tricky challenges to overcome in their debut season at Derby.

But Scheepers has enjoyed the task and feels progression is now evident.

I love it. Life at Derby County and in Derby is wonderful. We last spoke in July or August and since then I have enjoyed it. First, we had to learn about the staff and the players. Now we are building something up, especially for the last two months. We have shown we have done well, with the results and development.

Twan Scheepers is proving to be a popular figure at Pride Park:

Scheepers took over media duties ahead of Derby’s trip to Bristol City.

 

The Rams travel to Ashton Gate in decent form. Phillip Cocu’s side have won five of their past seven league games including a 3-2 away win at Swansea City.

Derby’s form has moved them safely to midtable in the Championship. They are 14 points clear of the drop zone, and seven points shy of the top six.

There have been plenty of positives of late. Aside from results, youngsters such as Jason Knight and Max Bird have broken through to the first team and thrived.

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Cocu and Scheepers have made the development of the academy stars an important part of their job. And on reflection, both have arguably exceeded early expectations.

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