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·5 October 2022

Former Fulham midfielder opens up on Derby County transfer decision last summer

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Former Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has revealed how he almost joined Derby County last summer.

The now free agent went on trial with the club during pre-season, and featured for the Rams in a friendly clash with Bradford City.

However, an injury meant that the deal never materialised.

The 33-year old is a fan favourite with the Cottagers having helped the team gain promotion back to the Premier League on two occasions during his five year stint in London.

He recently competed with Dundee United, where he featured 11 times before departing the Scottish side.

He remains available as a free agent, but is currently working with Fulham as he looks to take the first steps into a coaching role.

The veteran has now opened up on why the deal to join Liam Rosenior’s side didn’t come to fruition.

“I picked up a little injury when I was away to potentially sign with Derby,” said McDonald, via Derbyshire Live.

“I’ve [since] been in with the 23s [at Fulham] and I’m going to do some coaching as well.

“The club again have been unbelievable with me and it’s nice to be back as well.”

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Everything is going okay for the Rams in McDonald’s absence, with Paul Warne’s side currently 8th in the League One table.

The new manager won his first game in charge, 2-0 over Cambridge United last weekend.

Up next for Warne’s team is a home fixture against Port Vale on 8 October.

The Verdict

McDonald made 128 appearances for Fulham during his time with the club and could have provided plenty of experience to this Derby side.

Derby were able to make numerous signings regardless following the completion of the takeover of the club during the summer.

Perhaps McDonald could have taken on some coaching role at the club if he had joined Derby.

But it appears that everything has worked out regardless for both parties involved.

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