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Irish Striker Makes Eyebrow-Raising Move To Fifth Tier Of English Football

Irish Striker Makes Eyebrow-Raising Move To Fifth Tier Of English Football

Adam Rooney has departed Aberdeen to join Salford City in the fifth tier of English football.

The National League side have signed the Dubliner on a three-year deal.

30-year-old Rooney had been at Aberdeen since January 2014. He scored 87 goals for the Scottish Premiership side in that time.

Salford is part-owned former Manchester United players Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.

Singaporean businessman Peter Lim - who own La Liga side Valencia - also has a 50 per cent stake in Salford.

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Salford are managed by Graham Alexander. The former Fleetwood boss was appointed on a four-year deal back in May.

"I've been there [Aberdeen] four-and-a-half years, I had a great time there and really enjoyed it," said Rooney.

I just felt it was time for a change and when I heard about the interest from Salford, it was something that really intrigued me.

After speaking with the manager and the people involved and the ambitions of the club, it was something that I really wanted to be part of.

Though he has featured in numerous Ireland squads named by Martin O'Neill, Rooney has never been capped by Ireland at senior level. Given his goalscoring exploits in Scotland and Ireland's lack of in-form strikers in the recent past, that always seemed strange. Any chance Rooney had of winning an Ireland cap now appears gone with his drop down the football ladder.

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