Former Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney says he ‘didn’t check phone for days’ following controversial move to non-league Salford City

26 Jul

Former Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney has told talkSPORT he “didn’t look at my phone for days” due to the abuse he received following his controversial move to Salford City.

Earlier this summer, Rooney left the club who finished second in the Scottish Premiership last season to sign for non-league Salford, who currently play in the fifth tier of English football.

The Irishman was heavily criticised and accused of being motivated by money, after joining a club which many purists have slammed for trying to buy their way into the English Football League.

Asked if he could believe the clamour his move to the English side caused in the media and with angry supporters, Rooney told Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Not really!

“I didn’t look at my phone for four days after because of all the messages and texts and social media stuff I had directed towards me.

“It was a bit of a shock to be honest.”

Salford are bank-rolled by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim and part-owned by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

The Manchester club have secured three promotions in four years and will play in the National League this season, one tier below League Two, after being crowned National League North champions last term.

Ryan Giggs and the rest of his ‘Class of 92’ heroes are regularly spotted at Salford games
Giggsy gets a soaking at Salford celebrate their title win last season

Rooney’s three-year contract is reported to be worth between £4,000 and £5,000 per-week, which is double his previous wage at Aberdeen, and one national newspaper branded his move ‘a symbol of the decline of Scottish football’.

The 30-year-old joined talkSPORT to discuss the reasons behind his move, revealing he chose to leave Scotland as he was unhappy about his lack of regular game time towards the end of the season.

He could have joined a club League One or League Two, but explains he picked Salford for the opportunity to help the ambitious club realise their dreams and write his name in their history books.

“I had four-and-a-half great years at Aberdeen,” said Rooney. “I loved my time there and I got on great with everyone at the club and the fans.

“But I just felt towards the end of last season that it was maybe time to move on, possibly the right time to leave the club.

“I’d not played as much as I wanted towards the end of the season and I wanted to leave there on a high, and when I then heard about the interest from Salford it was something that intrigued me.

Rooney made 42 appearances for Aberdeen last season, scoring 11 goals as they finished runners up to Scottish champions Celtic

“I’ve seen the club come through the divisions over the last through years on social media and it was something I was interested in listening to.

“Once I had the opportunity to speak to the gaffer about where he wanted to take the club, how he wanted me to help and hopefully make a name for myself here and be remembered, it was something that really interested me.

“I possibly could have gone to another SPL club, or a League One or League Two side, but this is something that really intrigued me to come and be part of a very successful time in this club’s history.

“Hopefully when I eventually leave here I can look back and say I’ve helped bring this club up thorough the divisions and have left them in a better position than when I came.

“It’s not a run of the mill club coming up, it’s done well, the club is run really professionally and the base is definitely there to really kick on.

“When you speak to these guys and you see the people who are involved here and what they achieved in football, you can tell right from the start they want to make this a success.”

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