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Wayne Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach from January 2020

Jul 31, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; MLS forward Wayne Rooney (23) in the first half during the 2019 MLS All Star Game at Exploria Stadium. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports/Files

(Reuters) - Derby County have signed Wayne Rooney from Major League Soccer outfit DC United on an 18-month deal with the former England skipper set to take up his role in January, the Championship club said on Tuesday.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with... I’m sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone,” Rooney, who will also continue to develop his coaching credentials at the club, said in a statement on Derby’s website.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson