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Why I signed for Latics - Rooney

1 August 2013

There is unbelievable talent in the squad

Adam Rooney is delighted to have finally signed for Latics who he believes can become a force in Sky Bet League One.

The 25-year-old, who had been training with the club for much of pre-season, has agreed a two-year contract with the option of a third season.

Rooney (pictured) said: "I spoke to a couple of other clubs, but was struck by how positive it was here and also the ambitions of the club.

"I came in and trained and found they are a great bunch of lads. And for a new team, everybody has gelled quickly whereas sometimes it can takes months.

"There is unbelievable talent in the squad which probably wasn't reflected in where the team finished last season. I am sure we are capable of pushing at the top of the league."

Rooney is also impressed by the side's potential firepower and also the creativity from the wide players.

He said: "Every striker wants service and we certainly have enough players with ability to get the ball into the box.

"There is a lot of creativity in the side when you look at Jose Baxter, James Dayton, Sidney Schmeltz and Cristian Montano. We also have good options up front which we will need throughout the season.

"Hopefully we can at least make the play offs, but let's see how we go. We simply want to get off to a good start and give the fans something to cheer."

Rooney added that Latics are looking to push on and build on last season's FA Cup run which took them to the fifth round.

"It is a massive club and when they had the cup run last season people all over the country were supporting Oldham. Hopefully we can take that into the league this season," he said.

Rooney has been signed on a free transfer from Birmingham City, though the delay for his signing has been caused by an ongoing contractual dispute with Swindon Town which the player's legal team, the PFA, the Football Association and Swindon are working to reach a settlement.

He says he cannot wait for the season to start at Stevenage where he scored last season for Swindon in a 4-0 victory.

And looking ahead, Rooney says he has set himself goals for the season, though they will remain private.

Rooney added he has great memories of playing against Latics as he describes the goal he scored for Swindon against them last season - a spectacular overhead kick - as the best of his club career.

He explained: "I like to score a lot of tap ins and headers, but it would be nice to get a few more like the one I scored against Oldham.

"I hit the bar with a similar effort a couple of years ago and it was nice to see that one go in.

"Any goal is a goal, but I have to admit that one was special."


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