Rams land Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock.

Rams land Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock.

Derby County have today moved to bolster their defensive ranks with the signing of England international Stephen Warnock.

The 33-year-old left-back has joined the Rams from fellow Sky Bet Championship rivals Leeds United in an undisclosed deal.

Warnock, who has two caps to his name at full international level for England, has signed an 18-month deal with the Club with the option of a further year.

He arrives to further strengthen the options available to Head Coach Steve McClaren in Derby’s backline.

McClaren said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Stephen Warnock to Derby County.

“He is a solid and experienced defender who certainly strengthens our defensive options for the remaining months of the season.

“The next few months are going to be extremely important for us and it is vital to have a strong squad to call upon.”

He added: “As well as being a very good player he has excellent leadership qualities.”

Born in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, Warnock began his playing career at Liverpool and after progressing through their youth set-up he signed professional terms in 2002.

He went on to make 67 appearances in all competitions for the Reds – appearing in the Champions League - and he also spent time out on loan at both Bradford City and Coventry City to gain first-team experience.

In January 2007 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £1.5 Million and went on to make 109 appearances for the Ewood Park outfit, before heading to Aston Villa in the summer of 2009.

He appeared in 104 matches for Villa and, following 15 games on loan at Bolton Wanderers between September 2012 and December 2012, he moved to Leeds United on a free transfer in January 2013.

Warnock racked up 67 appearances for United and also wore the captain’s armband in the latter stages of his time at the Club.

In addition to 423 appearances and 18 goals in his club career, Warnock has two full international caps to his name for England against Trinidad & Tobago and Egypt. 

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