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Wayne Rooney trains with Derby County for the first time ahead of January move to Championship club

Wayne Rooney has trained with Derby for the first time as he prepares to join the Championship strugglers on an 18-month contract.

He is stepping up his fitness for his scheduled debut for the club as player-coach in the New Year.

The former England captain was said to be in impressive shape as he joined his Rams team-mates for a session at their Moor Farm base.

Wayne Rooney (R) has signed an 18-month contract to join Phillip Cocu at Derby County

Wayne Rooney (R) has signed an 18-month contract to join Phillip Cocu at Derby County

Derby previously indicated Rooney would be forced to follow a ‘strict’ pre-season regime before he will be allowed to play for the East Midlands club.

The move signals the end of his time with DC United in the MLS, having played 52 games and scored 25 goals for the club.

Rooney will be the highest-paid player in the Championship after agreeing a £100,000 a week deal with the Rams.

The deal has attracted controversy as it is funded in part by a record sponsorship deal with betting company 32Red.

The former England striker will earn £100,00-a-week at the Championship club

The former England striker will earn £100,00-a-week at the Championship club

The move back to England brings and end to Rooney's time with DC United in the MLS

The move back to England brings and end to Rooney’s time with DC United in the MLS

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