The 2016/17 season proved to be one to remember for Charles Vernam.
The former Scunthorpe United made his senior Derby County bow as a late substitute in the club’s memorable Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over West Bromwich Albion in January 2017.
That came after the forward made a blistering start to the campaign and scored seven goals before Christmas in Premier League 2 Division 1 – form which earned him a move to Coventry City on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The Rams recruited the services of Vernam in 2012 from Scunthorpe, signing him on a two-year scholarship from the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign.
In the summer of 2015 he turned professional, stepping up to Derby’s then Under-21 squad on a permanent basis after showing plenty of promise and potential.
During his two-years as a scholar he impressed in Derby’s Under-18 side, finding the back of the net on a regular basis and striking up a positive understanding with fellow forward Offrande Zanzala.
The following year proved to be a unique one for the forward. Having been a consistent figure in the then Derby Under-21s squad that lifted the Division 2 title, Vernam enhanced his footballing education by heading out to Iceland for a loan spell with Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (usually referred to as ÍBV).
He featured on 12 occasions in Iceland’s top flight in what proved to be a hugely fruitful loan spell.