Derby midfielder Max Bird has vowed to provide his all to get the League One membership promoted earlier than he leaves this summer season.
Championship aspect Bristol City signed Bird on switch deadline day on a deal until 2027, however loaned him again to the Rams till the tip of the season.
His exit will finish a 13-year spell with the membership he joined on the age of 10.
“As lengthy as I’m in a Derby County shirt I’m right here to get this membership promoted – it is my boyhood membership,” he informed BBC Radio Derby.
“I assumed it was the suitable alternative, the suitable resolution for me to go and take a step to Bristol City.
“But I’m nonetheless right here, again on mortgage and for so long as I’m sporting a Derby County shirt, as quickly as I step over that white line I’m making an attempt to get this membership promoted again to the Championship.”
Next season Bird might discover himself dealing with his former team-mates if the Rams be part of his new employers within the second tier. Derby sit second in League One, six factors behind leaders Portsmouth with a sport in hand.
The 23-year-old has performed 193 instances for Derby, and has scored 4 instances in 26 league appearances this season, together with a aim on Saturday of their draw with Shrewsbury.
“Obviously it was a troublesome resolution,” he added.
“I’ve been right here 13 years since I used to be 10 and it wasn’t a simple resolution, however I felt the time was proper, the chance was proper and it is one thing that I needed to take.
“Of course I’m trying ahead to it, however now’s the current second and I’m centered on that and I’m centered on my job which is enjoying soccer for Derby County.
“Everyone’s in the identical boat – we have 30,000 followers who need us to get promoted and I’m wanting that too, so I’ll be giving it my all like I do each sport, like I’ve performed since I got here into the primary group.”