‘If we can’t bring in players in the next two weeks I don’t know how to draft a team’: Wayne Rooney EISEN The derby hierarchy is giving him new signings before the championship season starts – but insists he won’t quit. despite only NINE senior players
- Rams have only registered nine senior players, two of whom are goalkeepers
- Their new championship season starts in less than two weeks against Huddersfield
- Rooney has stated that despite their trials, he will not walk away from the club
Wayne Rooney has demanded that the Derby hierarchy give him new signings, but has insisted he would not quit despite his worn roster.
Derby has just nine senior players, two of whom are goalkeepers, and their championship campaign starts on August 7 against Huddersfield.
And with the new season less than two weeks away, Rams manager Rooney reiterated: air sports the urgent need for more players, saying it will be ‘impossible’ to assemble a team under the current circumstances.
Wayne Rooney (center) has demanded that the Derby hierarchy give him new signings before the new season starts but insisted he wouldn’t quit despite only having NINE senior players
Rams boss Rooney is desperate for new players given their worn-out squad size
He said, “It’s other people that I have no control over who have to make bigger decisions. All I can do is try to bring some dignity and pride back to this club. Obviously that has disappeared in recent years and my job is to bring that back.
‘I need other people to do their job. It’s not ideal, it was very difficult not to know what my team will be in two weeks when the competition starts. Anyway, we have to sort that out.
‘If I’m honest, a manager in my situation would easily walk away. It’s a challenge for me, I’m a fighter. I am grateful to Derby for giving me this opportunity and I will do everything I can to help the club through this.
Ravel Morrison, Rooney’s former team-mate at Manchester United, is one of several free agents who have trained at the Championship club in hopes of getting a contract
“If we can’t bring in players in the next two weeks, I don’t know how to set up a team. I have not signed one central defender with the club, there are two very young players in the U23 and U18. It would be impossible for me to assemble a team.”
On Tuesday, Sports post reported that the EFL had eased the club’s transfer embargo, allowing them to sign free agents on one-year contracts or on loan for six months if they have fewer than 23 players “of professional standing”.
Several free players started their friendly 2-1 defeat to League Two Salford on Saturday, with Ravel Morrison, Phil Jagielka, Tom Carroll, Sone Aluko starting and Andre Wisdom, Richard Stearman, Sam Baldock and Ryan Allsop on the bench.