Adam Rooney: Salford City sign Aberdeen striker

Adam Rooney in action for Aberdeen
Adam Rooney scored 11 goals in 42 appearances for Aberdeen last season

Salford City have signed striker Adam Rooney from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee.

Salford, a club part-owned by five former Manchester United players, will play in the National League for the first time in 2018-19.

Rooney, 30, joined the Dons from Oldham Athletic in 2014 and has scored 87 goals in 194 appearances.

Aberdeen will face Premier League club Burnley in the second qualifying round of the Europa League later this month.

Instead of potential involvement in that tie, Rooney has chosen to return to England, where he started his career with Stoke, later playing for Birmingham City.

Salford were taken over by Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in 2014, and have won three promotions in four seasons to climb up to England's fifth tier.

"I had a great time at Aberdeen but when I heard of the interest from Salford, it was something that really intrigued me," Rooney told the club website.

"[The club] wants to get as high up as possible and hopefully I can help the club achieve that by scoring goals and help push the club up through the leagues."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said: "We wish Adam all the very best with his new venture and it is always with a heavy heart when you lose a good player who is also a really good person.

"Since I signed Adam four and a half years ago, he has given us nothing but good value and has been a fantastic boy to work with."

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