The 33-year-old has spent the last year at Major League Soccer side DC United but in a statement confirming his move back to England, he expressed his desire to prepare for the days after he hangs up his playing boots.
"While the decision to move home was a tough one, family is everything to us and we make this change to be closer to the ones we love back in England," Rooney said.
"The opportunity to go back home and start the next step of my career in coaching was the factor that made my mind up.
"I would like to thank everyone at DC United for the incredible support my family and I have received over my two seasons at the club."
Rooney will wear the No 32 shirt at Derby, despite 7, 12, 13, 15 and 18 (the number he wore at his first spell at Everton) being vacant. This is believed to be part of a newly announced sponsorship deal with 32red, a betting company who, it is rumoured, will also pay a portion of Rooney's £100k-a-week wages.
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1 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:06:09
2 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:17:04
3 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:19:05
"I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.” he said, June 2016.
It could also be like when he was committed to Everton in 2003.
I bet Kieran Dowell is having a déjà vu moment here wondering if they'll also sign Klaassen to push him down the pecking order. Als
o, might be squeaky bum time for Coco. Doesn't seem to have a prior connection to Roo, and Derby seem to like giving their top job to recently retired England players with no managerial experience.
4 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:22:50
5 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:32:18
6 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:42:58
7 Posted 06/08/2019 at 17:51:54
I have followed the progress, of not only Kieran's loan spells at Nottm Forest and Sheffield United, but also his pre-season performances. I am coming to the conclusion that, while there often appears a player in there, it is very sporadic, and he seems to be happy more often than not just to 'tread water'.
8 Posted 06/08/2019 at 18:33:37
9 Posted 06/08/2019 at 18:44:40
A friendly against the club previously known as Glasgow Rangers could be good for the summer!!
11 Posted 06/08/2019 at 22:17:35
Also sick of hearing about Rooney on this site tbh, he was a man u player, not really a blue.
12 Posted 07/08/2019 at 09:44:43
13 Posted 07/08/2019 at 09:51:10
If they play him off the striker, hell get them 10-15 goals, and they may just go up...
14 Posted 07/08/2019 at 10:00:02
Hope you and the guys have a good session at the Excelsior, unfortunately I can't make it due to 45th wedding anniversary celebrations.
15 Posted 07/08/2019 at 10:09:48
16 Posted 12/08/2019 at 10:59:03
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