Kalifa Cisse: Derby County sign midfielder on short-term deal
Derby County have signed midfielder Kalifa Cisse on a two-month contract, reports BBC Radio Derby.
First-team coach Paul Simpson said: "He did an excellent job. We were short on numbers and Kalifa had improved over the period he was training with us.
Paul Simpson Derby first-team coach
“"If he shows us he is good enough to stay here then I am sure we will extend it further, if it's not enough for what we want, he has to do all he can to secure a contract elsewhere.”
"He got an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands. This is a reward."
The Mali international, who has previously played for Reading and Bristol City, was a free agent after leaving MLS side New England Revolution.
Simpson said Cisse now had the chance to earn a longer contract.
"If he shows us he is good enough to stay here then I am sure we will extend it further," he added.
"If it's not enough for what we want, he has to do all he can to secure a contract elsewhere.
"We can keep any eye on him over the next couple of months and we can reassess it. I am looking forward to getting him out there again and seeing if he can sustain the level of performance he had in that first game.
"He has an opportunity to impress - either Derby or someone else. If he gets games, it's not a bad shop window to showcase yourself in the Championship. It's up to him."