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Derby sign Wayne Rooney as player-coach

Wayne Rooney will join Derby as a player-coach from January, the Championship side have announced.

The 33-year-old former England international has signed an 18-month contract and will switch to the Pride Park side after he sees out the remainder of the 2019 Major League Soccer season with DC United.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu told the club’s official website: “Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer.

Derby County x @waynerooney. ⚪⚫#WR32

— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 6, 2019

“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.”

Rooney is excited by his new dual role, but remains focused on DC United’s play-off push before his return to England.