Attacking midfielder John Rooney became the Club’s fourth summer signing ahead of the 2020/21 season, joining on a three-year deal from Barrow for an undisclosed fee.
The former Bluebirds captain enjoyed a stellar 2019/20 campaign, scoring 20 goals from midfield en-route to promotion to League 2, and picking up the National League Player of the Year award in the process.
A graduate of Everton’s Youth Academy, where he joined at the age of 6, he joined Macclesfield town in 2002 and went on to make 41 appearances for the club. In 2011 he moved to the US and played for both the New York Red Bulls and Orlando City in the MLS. On returning to the UK, he played for Barnsley, Bury and made over 100 appearances for Chester City. He signed for Wrexham in 2016 and enjoyed a loan spell at Guiseley before being signed by Barrow in 2018.
Despite just missing out on promotion via the play-offs, John enjoyed a brilliant first season at Edgeley Park, quickly becoming famous for his habit of scoring spectacular long range goals. He finished the season as our joint-top scorer with 21 goals from 43 games, and was again named National League Player of the Year for the second season running.
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