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Experienced striker Adam Rooney signed for the club in July 2018 from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee.
The 30-year-old started his career at Stoke City in 2005 having been with Crumlin United for his youth development. His first team debut came in the FA Cup against Tamworth, and on his second start for the club he scored a hat-trick against Brighton & Hove Albion on the last day of the 2005-06 season to become City’s youngest ever hat-trick scorer.
In March 2007 he moved to Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the season, and in August he joined Chesterfield for four months in League Two, scoring six goals in 22 games before ending the season on loan at Bury.
Rooney’s first taste of Scottish football came in 2008 when he signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League where he scored 53 goals in 120 games across three seasons. In his second season he was top scorer in the First Division as Caley Thistle won promotion straight back to the SPL.
When his contract expired, Rooney signed for Birmingham City in The Championship and scored his first European goal as Birmingham beat NK Maribor 1-0. The next season he went on loan to Swindon Town for the season, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances, followed by a move to Oldham Athletic in 2013-14 where he scored seven in 33.
In January 2014 Rooney moved back to the SPL with Aberdeen, and scored on his debut two days later in a 2-2 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park. A bigger moment came in the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final when Rooney scored Aberdeen’s winning penalty in a shootout against former club Inverness CT to win Aberdeen’s first piece of silverware for 19 years.
Rooney’s goalscoring record strengthened in 2014-15, especially in the Europa League where he ended up with six goals in four games, and he ended the season as top scorer in the SPL with 18 goals. 20 goals followed in 2015-16, and Rooney left Aberdeen in the summer with 88 goals from 197 games.
In his younger days, Rooney won nine caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2007 and 2010, and at the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2005, he scored twice as Ireland beat Switzerland to win a bronze medal.
Previous Clubs: Stoke City, Yeovil Town (loan), Chesterfield (loan), Bury (loan), Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Birmingham City, Swindon Town (loan), Oldham Athletic, Aberdeen.