Derby’s 12-word tweet on their pre-season preparation this summer gets savagely mocked by their own fans on social media this week.
On Monday evening, the Rams players arrived at their training base in the south of England as they continue their preparations for the upcoming 2021/22 Championship season.
They will be looking to endure a much better one compared to the campaign that saw them just survive the drop to League One on the final day.
They are currently in Surrey, which offers all the facilities required for Wayne Rooney’s players to focus on their workload on the pitch, as well as spending time together off it too as a group.
The squad took in a training session at Moor Farm on Monday afternoon before hitting the road for the journey south later in the day.
They will return home at the end of the week and will round off their second full week of pre-season by facing last season’s Premier League runners-up and Europa League finalists Manchester United at Pride Park Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
There is still a lot of work to do in turning this team around though, otherwise, the scoreline could become an embarrassing one pre-season or not.
Derby County are in a transfer embargo and they cannot bring players in from other clubs on permanent deals.
They can pay a loan fee to acquire a player, or pay a loan player a higher salary than they receive at their parent club.
Loan deals are not permitted to be for longer than half of a season while players can only be registered until the end of 2021-22.
Plus you have to take into account that the there are budget constraints regarding how much they can pay players while at the club.
There is concern that the rule around ‘professional standing’ may hamper attempts from Derby to sign players going forward.
Because of a Covid outbreak at the club’s Moor Farm training centre in January, Rooney’s side had to field a team of youth players for an FA Cup game against Chorley.
None of the starting lineup who played that game have made a senior appearance other than the Chorley game, that could be about to change however.
Clubs under an embargo who have 23 players of ‘professional standing’ cannot register players.
If a player of ‘professional standing’ leaves on loan, it does not free-up an extra spot to sign someone.
The term is defined by the EFL as ‘any player who has made one first team appearance (including as a substitute) for any club in any first team competition’.
That would mean the starting lineup from Chorley, including the three who were subbed on, would count as players of pro standing if the English Football League does not make an allowance for the extreme circumstances around the FA Cup game.
Four of those players have since been released so ten would be counted as players of professional standing.
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As of five days ago, Derby have 13 first-team players contracted to the club and Rooney has spoken about wanting to complete transfers before the new season gets underway on the 7th of August while players like Jack Stretton, Kornell McDonald, Louie Watson have all appeared for the club.
Defenders Phil Jagielka and Richard Stearman are training with the club as is goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
Rooney told the club’s in-house TV channel: “I’ve spoken to a lot of players who are eager to come here and join the club,” he told RamsTV.
“Unfortunately, at the minute, I’m not in a position to finalise any of them, but hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to.”
Derby can come out of the embargo once they submit their revised accounts for 2016, 2017 and 2018, as ordered by the EFL last month.
They also need to send in their 2019 accounts for the first time. They have also been handed a suspended three points deduction.
As mentioned Derby’s 12-word tweet on pre-season gets savagely mocked by their own fans, there was some from other clubs too, find out what they said below…
Bet Wazza and Liam had to get stuck in
— Gareth (@gcw047) July 13, 2021
@JackDoughty18: We have 22 players? Dub 😂
@jhackett__: Would be mint to see some footage
@alexRedman84: who would of thought this was possible 2 weeks ago 🥲
@jellis90: Where did the tea lady play?
@PaulMOT: Derby are definitely going down
@Duke_Arutha: It doesn’t count if some people are playing for both teams
@sprosaaaman: Wait we actually have 22 players 😂😂
@Vaughanyboy: YoU oNlY hAvE 9 pLaYeRs 😂😂
@ReklaW_Twitch: Is this trying to show off that we have 22 players and not 14? 🤣
@jontylad91: Where did we manage to rope all those in from 😂
@ash_cunningham2: What position did the tea lady play 👀🤪
@OzzaLeedsLad: How what a joy it is to see Derby in the mud
@PremierLeagueJC: The first team went to a local park and asked a load of kids for a game
@ThreeBluebirds_: What positions did the kit man and the physio play?
@RangersRegion: Wait Derby have 22 players?
@portercarl1: We’ve got 22 players!!!!!!!!!
@KaiCarsonLUFC: Enjoy League One in 22/23
@KANEDAVID77: Which of the 3 keepers played outfield?
@alexcapoue: no way they have 22 players 😭
@matthewrich9: *Tweet to show we got players*
@5IMON_: Lads vs dad’s?
@ian_shep: @bods75 … You take your boots along?
@scotty9094: 😂😂😂 fuck off have derby managed to find 22 players.
@herbw_6: Did you put an ad in the local paper for a kick about
@JamesWebster_99: Didn’t know there were that many players signed on tbh
@samevansnffc: Might as well have said ‘Look! We have more than 12 players!!!’
@RobintheRed598: And how many club staff did you have to draft in to get two full teams? 🤔
@DCFC_tom: Bet we got beat
@TheLukeBeck: Still didn’t win. 😂
@DaryllGenius: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA SHOWING OFF WE HAVE SOME PLAYERS #DCFC
@reecewardd_: they’ve posted this as a big ‘fuck you’ to everyone making jokes n i have all the time in the world for it
@antonewright1: Did we still manage to lose 😆
@nffcalways1: Wow… what did you do, ask the local kids to join in to make up the opposition..? 😂😂 #weveonlygot10men #dcfc #nffc
— The Second Tier (@secondtierpod) July 14, 2021
— Unfinished Business (@NFFC_UBPodcast) July 13, 2021