Former Derby County academy graduate Giles Barnes has been confirmed as a new signing for Indian club Hyderabad FC who are to be managed by Phil Brown.
Hyderabad will take part in the new Indian Super League in place of FC Pune City.
The club, based in Hyderabad, have been busy ahead of the season opener on October 20. Phil Brown, meanwhile, has been appointed as manager, Republic World report.
Hyderabad have set up a new Twitter account to publish the names of their new recruits. Among them is Giles Barnes – a player several Derby fans will still look out for.
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How Giles Barnes became a favourite at Derby County:
Barnes came through the Derby youth academy in 2005 and was widely regarded as one of the club’s best young players. He made his debut in 2005.
The attacker went on to play a pivotal role in the Rams’ promotion to the Premier League under manager Billy Davies in 2006-07. He scored eight goals in 39 Championship games.
Barnes set up Stephen Pearson’s winner in the 1-0 playoff final victory over West Brom.
But the 31-year-old later suffered from injuries. First a broken foot, and then a knee injury which required surgery. On his return, he wasn’t the same player as before.
Barnes had unsuccessful spells at West Brom and Doncaster Rovers. In 2012, he made the decision to move across to the US to feature in the MLS with Houston Dynamo.
To his credit, Barnes has forged a decent career in the States. He has also played for Vancouver Whitecaps, Orlando City, Colorado Rapids and Mexican side Leon.
On the international scene, Barnes has 19 caps with Jamaica, scoring three goals.
Now, Barnes will try his luck in India. It’s ironic that his final club could be under former Rams boss Phil Brown. The same manager who gave him his senior debut at Pride Park.