Shaun Peter Derry
(born 6 December 1977 in Nottingham
) is an English footballer
who plays for Queens Park Rangers
. Derry is known for his hard-tackling and aggressive midfield style. He is primarily a defensive midfielder
but can also play at right-back.
Derry started his career at Notts County
as a trainee before being bought by Sheffield United
in 1998 for a fee of £700,000. He scored once during his spell at Sheffield United, his goal coming in the FA Cup against Rushden & Diamonds.
Derry was sold to Portsmouth
in 2000 for £300,000. He was a regular in the side under both Tony Pulis
and Steve Claridge
before being made captain by Graham Rix
. After Rix's departure, Derry was amongst the many players deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Harry Redknapp
in summer 2002 rebuilding and was sold to Crystal Palace
for £400,000. He scored only once during his spell at Portsmouth, his goal coming in a crucial win over against West Bromwich Albion.
Derry helped Crystal Palace in their return to the Premier League
in 2004, making 44 appearances including an appearance in the play-off final. It was his corner that led to Darren Powell
scoring a 90th minute header to send the Eagles to extra-time in the semi-final, which they would win on penalties. He struggled to get into the team during the 2004–05
season and, after a loan spell... Read More