Derek is a giant 22-year-old central defender, who joined the Nailers in January 2019 from Clitheroe. Well-travelled is an apt description of his football career. He was previously with Ossett United where he came to the attention of manager, Grant Black. He also played for a number of clubs in the north of England, including Altrincham before moving south to join Peacehaven & Telscombe. A 6-month spell with Luxembourg club CS Grevenbacher followed before he returned to the UK in January 2018 to play for Maldon & Tiptree.