Derby County Land Championship Free Agent

Derby County have secured the services of Callum Elder from Championship club Hull City, as confirmed by Derbyshire Live.

The Australian international becomes the third signing for the Rams in two days, as the club yesterday announced the signings of Joe Ward and Josh Vickers, arriving from Peterborough and Rotherham.

Elder joins the club as the Rams look to push for promotion next season in their second attempt, narrowly falling short on the final day after defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the final day.

With the arrival of Ward and Elder signing a three-year contract at Pride Park, he becomes the second full-back to join the club in 24 hours. Elder spent four years with Hull City and helped them win the League One title in 2021, named in the Team of the Season that year. Elder also won the League One title during his time at Wigan Athletic in 2017/18.

During his time with the Tigers, he made 137 appearances for the club, 31 of those appearances came in the Championship last season, providing three assists throughout the campaign. The defender has over 100 Championship appearances to his name in his career with a number of clubs. Elder played just over 2000 minutes of football last season.

The Rams do have a limited transfer budget, so will be relying on free-agent signings, with Elder becoming the third signing of their summer transfer window so far. However, if they are to continue strengthening their side and push for promotion, it will be expected that they spend some money this window.

The full-back has been called up to the Australian international team once in his career and will be hoping he can add to that total before it is too late to do so.

While the Rams continue to look to strengthen their side, they are also bracing themselves for departures, however, this can be a positive in providing transfer funds. It has been reported that Championship clubs are monitoring midfielder, Jason Knight, with bids rejected from Bristol City so far and Krystian Bielik is close to agreeing a move to join Championship club Birmingham City, where he has spent last season on loan.

Writer’s View

Elder is a solid signing for a free agent, with experience in the Championship, as well as in League One, where he has proven himself with two title wins and his inclusion in the Team of the Season. Derby County are strengthening well but still have work to do, especially with the need to replace a big loss like David McGoldrick.


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