Date: 8th June 2011 at 8:49pm
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Derby County are expected to complete the signing of Kilmarnock captain Craig Bryson tomorrow in a deal initially worth £350,000 to the Scottish side with a further £100,000 in add-ons. The 24-year-old passed a medical earlier this week and agreed terms on a reported 3 year deal that will see him move to Pride Park after making 135 appearances for the Ayrshire club and scoring 12 goals in a near four year period. Although reluctant to let Bryson go Kilmarnock decided they could not stand in the way of the player after The Rams met their valuation of the player. Bryson has been capped at under-19 and under-21 levels along with having one full Scottish cap to his name when coming on as a substitute against the Faroe Islands in November of 2010.

Former Derby player Ted McMinn thinks that Bryson, along with fellow Scott Chris Maguire who has also agreed personal terms, can be a big hit at Pride Park. The transfer window in Scotland opens again tomorrow morning but the deal for Maguire is likely to take a little longer to complete with Aberdeen still holding out for more money then they have been offered so far and the deal looking to be headed for a tribunal to set a fee. Speaking to The Scottish Sun McMinn said:

‘It’s a great move for the players. They’ll both be playing in front of at least 20,000 every week. It’s a big step up; a lot of players have come down here and done the business so there’s no reason why they can’t.”

‘I remember Bryson coming down here on trial when Billy Davies was manager. He was at Clyde at the time and wasn’t quite ready. He went back up the road and eventually went on to prove himself at Kilmarnock. They could have had him for buttons if they’d taken the chance on him, but sometimes it takes time. That was four or five years ago so he’s obviously ready now.’

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