Gary Rowett’s signing of Cameron Jerome from Norwich city is a positive move with the new Derby County striker adding to the managers options in attack. And the former Stoke and Birmingham City striker is willing to put in the work to establish himself in the team as they push for promotion.
Cameron joined the Rams for a fee that was undisclosed but believed to be in the region of £1.5m. The 31-year-old has signed an 18-month contract with an option of an additional year.
But the former England under-21 attacker is focused on the present and what he can add to Rowett’s side. Speaking to Rams TV, he made it clear that he is willing to put in the hard yards to establish himself.
“Obviously in terms of playing games I’ve had a stop-start campaign but I am here at Derby now and that’s what I want to focus on.
“I had a great time at Norwich but this is a new chapter for me in my career; I’m hungry to do well and when I had the conversation about leaving Norwich this was my number one choice for various reasons.
“I know I will have to bide my time. When you’re a player coming into a squad which has been winning games regularly, as this one has been, you don’t expect to start playing straight away.
“I know I need to work hard and do as much as I can to show the manager I am ready for when he feels it is my opportunity.”
Derby won’t be in action again following last Friday’s 0-0 draw at home to Bristol City, until Tuesday evening when they travel to The Den to face Millwall.
Jerome will be hoping for a starting berth in the game but is well aware of the host of options his new manager has in attack. And it is a challenge he is relishing.
“What’s quite exciting here is all the strikers we have are different and ones that can play different styles.
“The manager has lots of options to choose from and some players may suit a certain game.
“It’s going to be interesting and the competition for places is something which is very healthy.”