Wayne Rooney – More Than a Player
This transfer window so far has had all sorts of different moves with Maguire joining Manchester United and Leicester securing Youri Tielemans as well as rumours flying around about the futures of Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku and Wilfred Zaha.
One person we did not expect to be talking about was Wayne Rooney, who has secured a role at Derby County starting from January on an 18-month contract, after he completes the season with D.C United. However, for Derby, this is a whole lot more than just signing Wayne Rooney on as a player, as he has secured a coaching role alongside playing to enable him to complete his coaching badges. For Derby, especially their youth teams, this is a huge coup to have somebody of the calibre like Wayne Rooney.
Along with Rooney signing, Derby have secured a record-breaking sponsorship deal with 32Red, subsequently resulting in Rooney being given the number 32 shirt. The PR Derby will get from signing somebody like Rooney, as well the boost in shirt sales, can only be seen as a positive and a step in the right direction for a club who has been trying to reach the Premier League for the past 5 years.
“I am very excited about the opportunity Derby County have provided me with. I am looking forward to joining [Derby manager] Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team squad from the start of January.
“I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County, working with both the first team and academy.” said Rooney.
Maybe this time, with the help of England’s and Manchester United’s all-time top goal scorer, Derby can finally get to the Premier League.