Thursday 23 January 2020

Salford ambition sways Rooney

Salford's Adam Rooney. Photo: Sportsfile
Salford's Adam Rooney. Photo: Sportsfile

Jamie Holland

Adam Rooney has insisted that Salford's ambition, rather than a £4,000-a-week pay cheque, is the reason behind his decision to swap playing for Aberdeen for life in England's fifth tier.

The Irish international, 30, who has been part of an Aberdeen side which has finished best of the rest in Scotland for four straight seasons, has signed a three-year deal with Salford.

Salford are part-owned by former Manchester United stars Phil and Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and the Class of '92 heroes have big plans to transform the club into an English League outfit.

And those blueprints were enough to convince Rooney to drop down the ladder.

"It wasn't easy, but I just felt my time was coming to an end at Aberdeen and the opportunity came up at Salford," explained the 30-year-old Dubliner.

"I spoke to my family about it and I felt it would be a good opportunity for something new. The plans and ambitions Salford have really intrigue me."

Rooney joined Aberdeen from Oldham in 2014, having previously played for Inverness and Birmingham, and went on to net 88 goals in 197 games for the Dons. He has been the club's top scorer in each of his four full seasons at Pittodrie.

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