Derby County’s Nick Blackman has joined Spanish side Sporting de Gijon on a season-long loan, as confirmed by the Rams’ official website.
The 28-year-old forward spent last season on loan to Maccabi Tel Aviv and scored 10 goals for them in 31 games in the Isreali Premier League.
Blackman is now ready for the next chapter of his career in Spain in the Spanish Segunda Division.
He joined Derby County in January 2016 from fellow Championship side Reading for a fee in excess of £3 million. However, he has since struggled to hit the ground running at Pride Park and is spending his time with the Rams out on loan.
Blackman is an experienced forward and started his career with Macclesfield Town before stints at Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Aberdeen.
He was signed by Sheffield United in 2012 and scored 14 goals for them in 33 games before he was snapped up by Reading for £1.2 million in January 2013. Blackman then managed 22 goals in 113 games for the Royals in all competitions before moving onto Derby County.
After impressing in Isreal for Maccabi Tel Aviv, Blackman is now hoping to score the goals to get Sporting Gijon back to La Liga this season. They finished 4th in the last campaign in the second tier and are managed by former Atletico Madrid and Valencia midfielder Ruben Baraja.
Here is how the Derby County fans have reacted on Twitter to Nick Blackman’s move to Spain-
Nick Blackman. Offered lots of money to play football at #dcfc. Played out of position then not played at all. He moved to Israel just so he could play, now to Spain. Does great community work in Africa. And some of our fans think that warrants being abused. Pathetic #dcfcfans
— Matt T (@Tweddds) August 16, 2018
Credit due to Nick Blackman. At least he is moving to actually play games. Even if it is other countries.
Unlike some… #DCFC
— Shane Malpass (@ShaneMalpass) August 15, 2018
Sporting Heeeee-hon in for Nick Blackman, shame it never worked out for him at Derby, comes across as a nice guy #DCFC
— StuartF (@sjforsyth) August 10, 2018