Derby complete signing of Morrison on one-year deal

Date published: Saturday 7th August 2021 3:31 - Jason Soutar

Ravel Morrison

Derby County have confirmed the signing of Ravel Morrison on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

Morrison has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal after impressing during pre-season for the Rams.

He played a handful of friendly matches, featuring against Salford City, Real Betis and Manchester United.

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The 28-year-old will watch Derby’s Championship opener against Huddersfield Town from the stands.

Curtis Davies, Richard Stearman and Ryan Allsop have been training with the club since early July and all signed one-year deals on Friday.

Morrison began his career at Man Utd after coming through their youth system.

He moved south to join West Ham United in 2012 after making three appearances for the Red Devils’ first-team.

The attacking midfielder represented England at youth level but also qualifies to play for Jamaica and has picked up three senior caps.

Wayne Rooney has had a difficult first spell in management due to Derby’s ongoing legal battle with the EFL.

Elsewhere, Rooney has confirmed Derby’s interest in three young players from Man Utd and Manchester City.

Derby are now desperate for new players and could turn to Rooney’s former side United, as well as rivals City.

Speaking to DerbyshireLive about potential signings, he said: “Of course we have been doing our homework.

“Liam Delap is a player I really like. He has connections with Derby, he came through the academy here.

“Whatever Manchester City are doing with Liam, we are on top of that also and with James Garner and Teden Mengi, different players from different clubs we are on top of it.

“Ultimately it is on those clubs to see us as a suitable club for their players to go to and develop, so we have to wait and see on those players.”

Delap, son of former Stoke City player Rory, is an exciting young striker who reached 30 goals in just 27 matches last season.

As Rooney mentioned, he spent time in Derby’s youth setup before being signed by City two years ago.

He is yet to have a full season at senior level and could move to Pride Park in a bid to gain more experience.

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