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SWINDON TOWN: Rooney hoping for cheers not jeers
OLDHAM striker Adam Rooney is unsure of the reception he will get from the travelling Swindon fans when he comes face-to-face with his former club - as the dispute over his contract remains unresolved.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at the County Ground, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances, and was due to make the move from Birmingham a permanent one before the club’s current board questioned the validity of the two-year contract agreed by the club’s previous administration prior to the initial loan spell.
Having subsequently joined Oldham the matter remains in the hands of the Professional Footballers’ Association, who are reviewing the situation, but the striker will have the chance to show Town what they are missing in tomorrow’s League One clash.
When asked what reception he is expecting from the Swindon fans, Rooney replied: “I have absolutely no idea.
“When I was there last year I thought I worked very hard for the team and got into double figures in terms of goals despite not playing so many games.
“I think I did well and had a successful spell.
“I was very disappointed like all the Swindon fans were last year when we got into the play-offs and were beaten on penalties.
“It was heartbreaking, just as it was for the supporters who had gone all the way down there after a tough season with everything that had gone on at the club.
“I would like to get a good reception, but it won¹t bother me if I don’t.”
While beating Town would give him huge satisfaction the Irishman insisted he won’t be overly focused on getting one over his former side when 3pm arrives.
“It is more after you get the three points, it gives you something extra that you have beaten a former club of yours and have got one over on former teammates.
“But I just want to get three points and it doesn¹t matter who we are playing as long as we win.”
Town boss Mark Cooper is expecting Rooney to cause his side a host of problems at Boundary Park and believes he will go into the contest eager to prove a point.
“Adam I’m sure has a point to prove and it will be a tough job to keep him quiet,” he said.
“He didn’t play on Tuesday and was on the bench, although I’m sure he’ll play against us and will be trying to show us what we’re missing. He’s very mobile, very physical and can score goals, so we have to be very careful with Adam.
“We have full respect for him and we will prepare accordingly but we have to hope they will be worried about our players also.”
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