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Warnock reveals desire to work with Steve McClaren made him sign for Derby

Stephen Warnock has heaped praise on manager Steve McClaren after joining Derby County today.

Leeds United left back Stephen Warnock completed his move to Derby County today, penning and 18-month contract with the Rams.

After announcing the move, Warnock spoke to the Derby County official website about his decision to leave Elland Road to join the Rams, saying it was a simple choice.

"It’s been a long couple of days and a lot of time has been spent waiting around wondering what the next step is going to be," said Warnock. "I am very pleased to get the deal over line and I’m glad to be joining such a great club. I found out quite quickly that the club wanted me and from there, it was really an easy decision."

The 33-year-old former England international's experience will be vital in Derby's push for promotion back to the Premier League, and says that manager Steve McClaren was a huge factor in his decision to move to the iPro Stadium.

"With the way the team is playing, the style of football that they play and what they are trying to do to get out of this division made it very appealing. The facilities are first class, but probably the biggest pull out of the lot was the Head Coach," he continued.

"I have spoken to a lot of people about him and they only praise him for how good a coach he is. It’s a great opportunity to work with someone like that," admitted Warnock.

Warnock impressed against Derby earlier in the season when Leeds beat the Rams 2-0, with the ex-Liverpool man providing an assist as well as a tireless display up the left flank.

McClaren will be hoping that continues how he is part of the Derby squad, and could be in contention to make his debut in the fierce East Midlands derby against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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