Rangers loanee George Edmundson says he’s fulfilled a dream in the weeks since leaving Ibrox by getting the chance to work with Wayne Rooney at Derby County [Dcfc.co.uk].
Edmundson endured a hugely disappointing first half of the season with Rangers.
He impressed in pre-season before being replaced ahead of the first game of the Premiership campaign by new signing Leon Balogun. In November, he was handed a seven-match ban for breaching Covid regulations and then, after serving his suspension, he picked up an injury.
With the 23-year-old on course to be shunted further down the pecking order by the signing of Jack Simpson from Bournemouth, he was sent out on loan to Derby on deadline day.
After taking a fortnight to settle in and build up his fitness, he made his debut for the Rams as a first-half substitute in their dramatic win over Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.
It was a first competitive appearance since September for the 6ft 3″ defender and after the game, he admitted that he’s delighted to have the chance to play under Derby’s new boss.
“It’s crazy,” he said [Dcfc.co.uk]. “Growing up watching him play, it is pretty crazy to be managed by Wayne Rooney and it’s a bit of a dream really.”
“I’ve only been here a few weeks and training has been really good and you can see how much he loves the game.”
There aren’t many players who can say they’ve been managed by two modern greats by the age of 23 but after a season and a half at Ibrox with Steven Gerrard and a few weeks with Rooney at Pride Park, Edmundson can.
The sheer number of centre-back options at Rangers suggests it will be difficult for the Englishman to force his way back into the fold at his parent club, but the move to Derby has given him a chance to show his quality in a highly competitive league and it certainly seems like he’s enjoying the experience so far.
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