Florian Jozefzoon wants to get to work ‘as soon as possible’ at Derby County and is excited to see what the season will bring.
The 27-year-old winger signed with the club on Friday after one and a half years at Sky Bet Championship rivals, Brentford.
The opportunity to work under Frank Lampard and his coaching staff as well as adding to a strong side were the deciding factors in Jozefzoon’s move to Pride Park Stadium.
In his exclusive first interview with RamsTV, Jozefzoon said: “They have a really good squad, a new manager who has a lot of experience as a player and knows a lot of big trainers.
“I’m excited for the challenge to come here, to join them and see what the season will bring.
“He was a big player and now in his first job as a trainer so of course, I am excited. He always made a name for himself and I think he was the best scoring midfielder.”
Jozefzoon honed his skill at the famed Ajax academy from the age of 14 and signed his first professional contract at the club two years later.
He went on to join Eredivisie rivals, PSV Eindhoven, helping the Dutch giants to two league titles and the Dutch Super Cup as well as gaining experience in Champions League and Europa League, scoring in the latter.
His description of what we can expect from him in a Derby shirt is simple: “I have got creativity, speed and always try to change the game.”
Last season, he scored seven Championship goals and quickly learn the relentlessness of the league.
With a season and a half of Championship football in the bank, he believes the Rams have what it takes to win promotion by the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
“The Championship is a competitive league, a hard league. Everybody can win or lose against everybody,” he said.
“I think with the staff here, there will be a good plan to make sure we win as many games as possible.”
“Always in football, the smallest things can make the biggest difference. We have to make sure we do everything possible to win, make the play-offs and get promoted.”
The work towards the start of the 2018/19 season is already fully underway at the Derby camp and wideman can’t wait to get started with them.
Although he has played against the Rams for the Bees, he is yet to meet the squad. However, he feels he will fit right in quickly at his new home.
That new home in Derby will be a big change from the hustle and bustle of London, but Jozefzoon is ready for the change.
“I want to get to training as soon as possible. I don’t know any of the players here but it is football and you learn fast. You are on the field and with each other every day,” the Dutch youth international said.
“For me, it is no problem where I live. If my home is good then I am good whether it is a busy city or quiet city. My home is important but it doesn’t matter where for me, I can adapt.”