Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on Craig Bryson signing for Aberdeen.
The Aberdeen official website has confirmed the Scotland international midfielder has signed a pre-contract agreement at Pittodrie, ending his eight-year stay at Pride Park.
Bryson joined the Rams from Kilmarnock back in 2011. Over the years, the midfielder has become an influential and popular figure at Derby, twice winning the club’s Player of the Year award.
Many supporters will miss Bryson’s presence at the club. However, the time seems right for his departure, and fans have taken to Twitter to wish him luck at Aberdeen.
It was clear he was going to leave this summer, but Craig Bryson has loved this club since the day he walked through the door. For that alone, he is welcome back to Pride Park at any time! 👏🏻👏🏻 #dcfc
— Jonny (@JonoVallans) June 19, 2019
Want to wish @cbryson44 all the best at @AberdeenFC great professional who loved @dcfcofficial and we loved him as a he fan gave me one of my greatest memories in football #Thankyou #Hattrick #5-0 #Bryson #jaeger #DCFC
— Matthew Garner (@MGarner25) June 19, 2019
Good luck Bryson. Was brilliant watching you. You'll always be a ram 🐏
— Joe (@_JoeDcfc) June 19, 2019
Thank you Bryson for your service, now was the time to move on. Always be remembered for smashing 3 past the red dogs. #dcfc
— Liam (@LWTS96) June 19, 2019
Bryson what a proper Derby man though and though. Will be missed #dcfc
— Kieran Else (@DemRams24) June 19, 2019
— Craig G (@derbadian) June 19, 2019
Bryson’s contract at Derby was set to expire this summer. There had been speculation he was in talks over a new extension as the Derby Telegraph published the club’s retained list.
The 32-year-old, however, probably wouldn’t have been guaranteed first-team football for the Rams. This may have swayed his decision to move back north of the border to his native Scotland.
Craig Bryson’s little piece of Derby County history:
Bryson made over 250 appearances for Derby and scored 42 goals in total. He will best be remembered for his stunning 2013/14 Championship campaign as he netted 16 goals and grabbed 13 assists. That season, he wrote his name into Derby folklore with a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.
Manager Frank Lampard utilised Bryson on several occasions this past season. But, with Graeme Shinnie’s arrival from ironically Aberdeen, it seems the Rams already have a ready-made replacement.