New Derby County goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell has hailed Eric Steele as a Legend and is a major factor behind him joining the Rams, reports the Derby Telegraph.
Mitchell, 19 will sign on a free transfer from Newcastle United when his contract expires at the end of this month and the chance of working with Former Manchester United Goalkeeping Coach Eric Steele couldn’t go a miss and realises he has joined a team that is going forward.
Eric Steele joined Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson at Derby in October, he previously was coaching at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. He has also coached at Aston Villa and Manchester City.
”I am really happy to sign for Derby County, I have really enjoyed training with the club and it has been great working under Eric Steele.” said Mitchell.
He is a legend in the game, having worked with players like Edwin Van Der Sar and David De Gea at Manchester United, hopefully he can improve me.” added Mitchell.
The 19 year old will also be looking to compete with current goalkeepers Lee Grant and Kelle Roos who is set to be number two next season.
”It looks as though there are a lot of talented goalkeepers here. Hopefully we can improve each-other and make sure we are the best we can possibly be.” said Mitchell.
Mitchell never made a first team appearance for Newcastle, he made his reserve team debut at the age of 15, and gained first team experience at Conference North side Workington.
”It was a good, hard league. It was great to play men’s football. I have been at Newcastle for about four years, so it was quite hard to leave but it’s football, you have just got to get on with it.”
Mitchell is just looking forward to a new step in his early career with the Rams. ”I am looking forward to it. This is a new challenge in my life. I am desperate for pre-season to come around.”