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‘Unreal’ – Mendez-Laing speaks out on Derby County move

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has spoken out after signing a two-year deal with Liam Rosenior’s Derby County, stating the ‘journey’ the Rams are currently on played a part in luring him to the club.

Mendez-Laing, 30, is an experienced addition for interim manager Rosenior, who will be hoping for a few more of the same calibre of acquisitions this summer ahead of what will be a tough League One season.

The Rams have had a roller coaster pre-season so far but they finally have a new owner in place, with Rosenior taking over from Wayne Rooney on an interim basis following his surprise departure last month.

Derby County have now made three signings ahead of the 2022/23 campaign in Joe Wildsmith, Mendez-Laing and Tom Barkhuizen. The three free transfers have set a strong foundation to the squad as the new season draws closer.

Speaking to Rams TV after completing his move to the club, Mendez-Laing said:

“I want to be part of the journey this club is about to go on.

“I’ve not been in the building long but I already feel settled and it’s something I really wanted to do.

“The facilities are unreal. It’s a massive club and it shouldn’t be where it is but we are here and I’m excited to be part of the project.”

A good coup…

The Birmingham-born versatile forward has experience in the third tier and above. 

Last season the 30-year-old was able to net twice and provide three assists for Sheffield Wednesday in League One and Rams supporters will be hoping he can recreate, if not improve on this form next time round.

The former Cardiff City man’s arrival interview sounded promising. The future certainly looks brighter in Derbyshire. 

The new ownership team have a point to prove, and a lot of expectations on their shoulders. Many are eager to see how the Rams do when the season begins later this month.

It’s been a good start to pre-season for Rosenior and his squad. But the season is still young, and more fresh faces will be needed should Derby County want to avoid festering in the third tier like many teams have done in the past.

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