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John Rooney




Date of birth



178 cm





John Rooney signed for Latics from Barrow in September with a hugely impressive pedigree.

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The 31-year-old midfielder, brother of former Manchester United and England international, Wayne, joins Latics on a two-year deal, with the option of a third.

Rooney is an experienced player with over 300 National League appearances to his name, winning promotion with Barrow in 2019/20.

Starting out in the Everton youth set-up, Rooney then joined Macclesfield’s youth team.

He made his professional debut for the Silkmen in 2008, before swapping Cheshire for the USA, as he had two brief spells with New York Red Bulls and Orlando City.

The then 22-year-old returned to England, spending time with Barnsley and Bury, but he couldn't nail down a first-team spot.

His big break came with Chester in 2013, and eventually he was hitting double figures for the Seals, before departing for Wrexham in 2016.

Rooney joined Barrow after a season each with Wrexham and Guiseley, helping The Bluebirds finish tenth, before scoring 17 goals as the Cumbrian-based side won the National League title. 

The attack-minded midfielder joined Stockport County, having another prolific season with 16 goals to his name, winning back-to-back National League Player of the Season awards in 2019/20 and 2020/21 before returning to Barrow in January.


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