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Friday, August 10, 2007
Benny Feilhaber has completed a move to newly-promoted English club Derby County after receiving a work permit from the UK Home Office upon appeal.

The 22-year old will arrive on Saturday to under go his medical and finalize the last details of his contract with his new club.

"Benny is flying in from Germany tomorrow," Derby's Matt Reeder confirmed to YA Friday. "He will then be an official Derby player."

The now ex-Hamburg player had sustained initial trouble acquiring the necessary work permit to play in England, but help from US boss Bob Bradley was enough to convince the Home Office Football Review Panel to overturn an initial denial.

"Bradley played a big part in Benny's move," Reeder continued. "He sent in a statement that Benny was a big part of the future of the US team, and that he has a secure place in the starting eleven."

"We couldn't be any happier with what happened."

The Brazilian-born Feilhaber will not be available for the first game of the Premiership season when Derby host Portsmouth on Saturday at the Pride Park and will not be unveiled until early next week.

"We are not pushing things because he will miss our first game," an excited Reeder concluded. "We will make an announcement on Sunday or Monday."

"One thing is for sure, the club and the player are happy is here."

Feilhaber will be the second American to play for the Rams, following in the footsteps of USMNT legend John Harkes who called Derby home during the 1994/95 season.

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