Wayne Rooney excited to begin Derby County chapter as player-coach
Wayne Rooney says he’s eager to start his new”struggle” in Derby as he prepares to make his return on English soccer.
The former England and Manchester United captain agreed to join the Championship club player-coach on an 18-month contract in August.
After departing Everton in summer 2018 rooney, who spent seasons, cannot play before January for Derby.
The 34-year-old is place to maintain the dugout along with Rams manager Phillip Cocu at Saturday’s Championship game against QPR at Pride Park.
“It’s obviously a question, of course,” Rooney advised RamsTV.
“A new club, a new league which I haven’t played before.
“I have observed the Championship my entire career so I know what to anticipate in that facet. It is great to be back in the area, back round the banter amongst the lads.
“It will be a good month in terms of getting to know the players and trying to get some type of input”
Rooney, who had been Derby’s training complex earlier this season, says he’s now concerned with the squad”fulltime” and determined to be in contention to attribute against Barnsley on January 2.
Derby, who lost in the play-off final last season, have won their last five house league games but are with an away victory since the opening game of this season.
Asked about the club’s form, he explained:”Mixed bag, really. I think our house form has been very excellent. Our away form not terrific.
“I believe if we could try and pick up a few more things… we will take any points in the moment away from house. That would be amazing and it would actually help us.
“Only try and bit more consistent in terms of obtaining results. I believe if we could win two or three games on the rebound that would put us in a good position and clearly help us get a whole good deal nearer to the play-off spots.”
Cocu stated the record goalscorer of England is looking forward to building a solid rapport and also it will be a huge boost to get Rooney together with him this weekend.
“It’ll be great to get to Pride Park and meet the supporters. For the fans it’ll be good also,” Rooney said.
“It has been a very long time since it was announced that I’d joined the club.”
He added:”I’ve heard them singing my first name. It’s great for all of us. Hopefully it can offer us a lift for a team and allow us to push .”