Round has been working part time with the first team under McClaren and the former defender has explained what impressed him most when he carried out his first session with the side.
“He (Steve McClaren) wanted me to do one session with the forwards in December and I really enjoyed it,” he said.
“The players were receptive; they wanted to learn and improve.”
Whether Round is kept on looking ahead to next season remains to be seen, but he’s described a quality which will be important for the team over the rest of the season and over the next few years.
His coaching future could rest on whether the Rams secure promotion into the Premier League.
Derby stand a great chance of going up automatically this season and if they can pull it off, the players will need to show the qualities that Round has described on a daily basis.
The Premier League has moved forward in a big way since the Rams were last in the top flight.
The new signings that McClaren would have to make for the side to compete at that level and the greater knowledge of tactics the current players would have to take on, stresses a real need for learning and receptive qualities in players.
Fingers crossed that the work Round has been doing with the forwards at the club pays off.