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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 17:35 GMT
Lee completes Derby move
Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee
Robert Lee has moved to Pride Park
Robert Lee has agreed to become new Derby County boss John Gregory's second signing since taking over at Pride Park.

Former England international Lee has confirmed he is leaving Newcastle United for Derby and will sign subject to passing a medical.

Lee said: "It was a tough decision to make after 10 years with Newcastle but I was very impressed with John Gregory and he sold Derby to me.

"I wanted to continue playing and John Gregory made me feel very wanted."


Winning is a habit and if we can get ourselves on a roll we can push up the table
Derby's new signing, Rob lee

The 36-year-old will take the number seven squad number left behind by Seth Johnson after his move to Leeds.

And he is re-united with former Newcastle team-mate Warren Barton, who also moved from Tyneside to Derby after Gregory's appointment.

Indeed, Gregory conceded that helped Derby clinch Lee's signature.

"Warren played a big part in it and this has given Rob the opportunity to play regular first-team football," said the Rams boss.

More new faces

"Warren came in last week and played like he had been here for a couple of seasons and I expect Rob to have the same kind of impact.

And Gregory added that the team rebuilding has not finished yet.

He said: "I am hoping to have made some more (signings) by the time we next play at home.

"Whatever it takes to stay in the Premiership the board are encouraging me to do. I am trying to bring in another one as soon as possible.

"Although there will come a stage when we have to offload players, that's not the number one priority at the moment." said Gregory.

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New signing Robert Lee
"I like John Gregory and what he said to me"
Derby boss John Gregory
"There's still a lot of football left in Rob Lee"
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