Wayne Rooney: Man Utd Legend Agrees to Join Derby as Player-Coach in January

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Wayne Rooney has agreed to join Derby as a player-coach in January on an initial 18-month contract.

A man who has more goals to his name for the Red Devils and Three Lions than any other player will be linking up with the Rams in a player-coach capacity.

He signed for Washington-based DC from Everton in July 2018 and has scored 23 goals in 41 league games.

“I’m sure I can make a big contribution,” said Rooney.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”

Derby, who have given Rooney the No 32 shirt, have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

Rams boss Cocu added on acquiring the services of an iconic figure: “Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer.

“It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County and he can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch. He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well.

“His credentials speak for themselves. But to have a player with his leadership, skill, experience, character and work ethic will be huge for us. He knows what it takes to succeed as a player and I have no doubt he will have a positive impact right across the club.

“The inspiration and motivation this can generate is massive for all of our players from the first team right through to the youngsters in the Academy. It is entirely in keeping with, and in support of, the club’s philosophy and approach.

“I am looking forward to working with Wayne from the start of next year and welcoming him to the club.”

His move to Derby, albeit alongside continuing his playing career, means he is the sixth member of England’s Euro 2004 squad to take their first steps in coaching or management in the past 15 months.

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