Wayne Rooney has told the Sky Sports EFL Podcast that he could stay on at Derby County beyond his current deal but it will depend on his body and performance levels.

The former England international agreed to join Derby last summer.

Rooney will officially become a player in January, penning an 18-month contract. He is expected to make his debut this coming Thursday at home to Barnsley.

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Speaking on the Sky Sports Podcast, the forward admits he feels good and suggests he could play on at Derby beyond his 18-month contract if his body holds up.

I think that depends on different circumstances. I’ve got an 18-month contract and then it depends first of all on my body and secondly how Derby feel I’ve done. After that we’ll se what happens. I feel good, I’ve been very lucky in my career. I haven’t had any major muscle injuries which can affect you later on. I’m ready to play and I’ll play as long as my body allows me.

Derby have desperately missed a player of Rooney’s capabilities this season.

Phillip Cocu was dealt a difficult hand when succeeding Frank Lampard in the summer. Only six wins in 24 games have ensued, leaving the Rams in 20th position.

Derby’s biggest concern this season is a lack of creativity. Despite capable forwards in Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott and Chris Martin, the side have managed just 22 goals.

With loanee Jamie Paterson set to return to parent club Bristol City and Tom Lawrence suspended for the next two matches, Rooney’s availability couldn’t be more welcome right now.

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The former Manchester United ace still has an abundance of quality. His presence should galvanise the Rams and help move them away from the Championship drop zone.

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