​Derby County have released footage of Wayne Rooney's first training session with the club after the forward agreed to take on a player-coach role at Pride Park.

The 34-year-old had been representing Major League Soccer side DC United since the summer of 2018, but was released from his contract ahead of time, allowing him to sign an 18-month deal with Derby. However, he will have to wait until January for his Rams debut as he is currently unable to register as a player with the English Football League.

Despite his ineligibility, Rooney will be in the dugout for Saturday's ​Championship clash with ​Queens Park Rangers in the Midlands, with ​Derby in 14th position in the table after a testing start to the campaign.

The Rams posted a video on their official ​Instagram account of the England centurion getting to grips with club facilities as the squad continued preparations for the meeting with QPR.

Speaking to Derby's ​social media team, Rooney said of his transfer: "It's obviously a challenge, of course. A new club, a new league which I haven't played in before. I have watched the Championship my whole career so I know what to expect in that aspect. 

"It's great to be back in the dressing room, back around the banter amongst the lads. It will be a good month in terms of getting to know the players and trying to have some sort of input."


Rams boss Phillip Cocu has clarified what Rooney's role will involve, explaining to the ​Derby Telegraph: "He will be with us on the bench [at QPR], so he can get involved in the team tactics. We can use and benefit from his experience as a player. 

"He gets to know the way we want to play and how we want to work, and also, as a player, he will be an important part in the link up between the coaches, the game-plan and the players."

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