Chuffed To Bits For Eddie - Boss

Last updated : 22 August 2007 By Kevin Markey
The 33-year-old winger made 96 appearances for the Whites after joining on a free transfer from Preston but the move proved irresistable to a player who is aiming to keep his international career alive with the USA.

The Californian signed a two-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee last week and Wise said: "I wanted to keep Eddie, but this is a wonderful opportunity for him. He phoned me up and I was never going to stand his way and say 'sorry you're not going'.

"I think he would have been annoyed with me if I'd have done that. He's been a good pro, he's done very well for us and I'm chuffed to bits he's got an opportunity like that."

Derby boss Billy Davies was in charge of Lewis at Preston and wanted him to bring experience and quality to his Pride Park squad.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Eddie has signed," said Davies. "The left side of midfield is an area we have targeted for improvement and he has a wonderful left foot. His delivery from wide areas and set pieces will provide an excellent platform for our attacking play."