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Dons striker Adam Rooney leaves Pittodrie

Thursday July 19th 2018 at 12:22 PM

Aberdeen have confirmed that prolific striker Adam Rooney has joined English National League side Salford City for an undisclosed fee. 

The 30-year-old netted 88 goals in 197 games for the Dons and has been the club’s top scorer for the last four seasons. 

Signed on a free in the January of Derek McInnes’ first full season, he departs as a member of an elite group, alongside Mark McGhee and Joe Harper as the only players to score European hat-tricks for AFC.

Rooney’s new club are, perhaps, best know for being owned by the ‘class of ’92’  team that includes the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

The Irishman will be fondly remembered by the Red Army for netting on his debut against Motherwell, scoring after 13 seconds in a 3-2 win over Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final and holding his nerve to fire home the winning penalty in the 2014 League Cup Final.

Speaking to RedTV, Rooney said: “I can’t thank the fans enough for what they’ve done.

“Not just at the games, but in and around the City and out where we are in Ellon, myself and the family have had a great relationship with them and it’s been brilliant. Anywhere we go we’ve been treated well by everyone and it’s been a brilliant club to play for.

“Also everyone around the club, it’s not just the players here, have been brilliant with me. It’s a real family club. I think I’ve known everyone’s first name from my time over the years and it’s not as if there’s only four or five people working here. Everyone get’s on well, everyone’s pulling in the same direction whether it’s the football staff, the media team or catering staff, everyone at the club are really good people and it’s been great to get to know them.

“It’s not an easy decision when you’ve come so close to the club.

“It wasn’t easy, but I just felt my time was coming to an end here and the opportunity came up at Salford. I spoke to my family about and I felt it would be a good opportunity for something new. I wasn’t keen to go somewhere else in Scotland and the move (to Salford) is something I’m really looking forward to taking part in and hopefully making a name for myself there.

“I’ve loved my time in the North East and it’s most settled I’ve ever been with my family here and it’s not an easy decision to make, but I just felt was the right time.

“There’s lots involved (in moving) it’s not just a case of packing up and going, especially when you’ve got a bit of history here and how good it’s been. I just felt for myself and family it was maybe time to go and try something new.

“We went through everything to be honest as you have to consider all things, not just football, you consider everything in your life and we came to a decision that we thought it was a good opportunity and something we thought we’d go for.

“The plans and ambition Salford have really intrigues me and where they want to take it. But the other side of that is actually having to leave here.

“I certainly wasn’t booted out the door. Unfortunately, in football you feel your time comes to an end at certain periods in your career and you have to move on and we felt it was the right time for everyone.

“The reason I came here, and I had other options, was to work with the Gaffer. We’ve had a great relationship and this is the happiest I’ve been at any club throughout my career. It’s been the most enjoyable experience and the Gaffer, Doc and everyone around the club has played a huge part in that.

“It’s a brilliant club to play for and hopefully the club’s going to continue to have more success.”

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