STUBBS BRINGS STEEL
Paul Jewell has snapped up a fellow Scouser in Alan Stubbs as probably the last capture of the January transfer window.
The experienced defender moves from Everton and has signed an 18 months contract with the Rams. No fee was involved.
Said the Derby boss: "It's a terrific capture for us. Stubbsy is a first class pro and someone who has been there, seen it and done it. I'm delighted to have him on board and believe he will add experience and steel to our backline.
"He will train with us on Friday and is very much in contention for a place in the team on Saturday."
Stubbs began his career as a trainee at Bolton Wanderers, where he made over 200 appearances in a six-year spell.
During his time with the Burnden Park club - before their move to the Reebok Stadium - he skippered Wanderers in the 1995 League Cup final at Wembley.
But he had a better trip to the Twin Towers at the end of that season when he led Bolton to the Premier League after a thrilling 4-3 play-off final victory over Reading.
Stubbs spent a single season in the top-flight before moving north of the border and joining Celtic for £3.5m in 2001.
A trophy-laden career in the green and white was interrupted as he twice overcame testicular cancer, restricting him to just 127 games in five years.
His dream move to Everton - the Scouser's boyhood club - arrived in July 2001 with a free transfer to Goodison Park.
A further 142 appearances followed before he was snapped up by Sunderland, back in the Premier League for 2005/06.
But he only remained at the Stadium of Light until January 2006 before returning to Goodison for a third spell - he had originally been released by the Toffees as a teenager.
Born in Kirkby, Stubbs stands at six feet two inches and weighs in at over 14 stone - an imposing figure in any defence.
At the age of 36 he has 587 senior games to his name and 19 goals - many coming from set-pieces, often with a powerful dead-ball strike.