SWINDON TOWN: Cooper backs Rooney to revive career

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TOWN boss Mark Cooper has backed departing winger Luke Rooney to revive his stuttering career away from the County Ground.

The 22-year-old returned from an unsuccessful loan spell at Crawley a fortnight ago and the Advertiser now understands an agreement has been reached to pay up the remainder of his contract.

Rooney joined from Gillingham in January 2012 and despite exciting the Wiltshire crowd early in his Town career was later frozen out by former boss Paolo Di Canio, but Cooper was impressed with what he saw from the youngster and believes a change of scene may do him the world of good.

“When I came to the club he was part of the squad and had brilliant ability but was maybe just a bit disillusioned with the previous regime,” Cooper said. “He was totally ostracised under that.

“He came back into the fold with me and Kevin (MacDonald) and showed glimpses of the ability which made the football club pay what they did for him.

“I think that really knocked him back, the way he was treated. Once you lose that momentum it’s difficult to then get it back but I’m sure that if he wants to get it back and push himself then he can make a career out of the game.

“He’s a typical old fashioned winger who can make people look silly and put them on their backside and he was never a minute’s trouble when he was here and I sincerely hope he goes on and makes a career for himself out of the game.”

Meanwhile, Town will play the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final against Peterborough at home.

The Robins beat Stevenage 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday night to progress to the two-legged final, and will travel to London Road for the first leg week beginning February 3.

The second leg will be at the County Ground during the week commencing February 17.

Fleetwood play Chesterfield in the Northern Area Final.

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6:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

super red says...

An agreement has been reached to pay up the remainder of his contract.

Well worked Luke!! I know people will wish him we'll elsewhere, but by my reckoning he's already won the lottery with us!!
An agreement has been reached to pay up the remainder of his contract. Well worked Luke!! I know people will wish him we'll elsewhere, but by my reckoning he's already won the lottery with us!! super red

7:57am Thu 12 Dec 13

Armyrobin78 says...

A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for?
A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for? Armyrobin78

8:08am Thu 12 Dec 13

castle9 says...

Never seemed to make much sense to us as football fans looking in from the outside. We paid good money for the guy then never really gave him the chance to prove himself on a regular basis. However, he had a number of loans that also came to nothing, so perhaps there is something in his game that management don't like. I suspect it's the usual British mentality surrounding a 'mercurial' or 'luxury' player. Perhaps if we as a nation had selected more of these types of players we would have been more attractive and perhaps more successful. We will never know.

With regards to Luke, I met him on Wembley way before the JPTVFina
Never seemed to make much sense to us as football fans looking in from the outside. We paid good money for the guy then never really gave him the chance to prove himself on a regular basis. However, he had a number of loans that also came to nothing, so perhaps there is something in his game that management don't like. I suspect it's the usual British mentality surrounding a 'mercurial' or 'luxury' player. Perhaps if we as a nation had selected more of these types of players we would have been more attractive and perhaps more successful. We will never know. With regards to Luke, I met him on Wembley way before the JPTVFina castle9

8:13am Thu 12 Dec 13

castle9 says...

Met him before the JPT Final and he was great with my kids, talking to them and having his picture taken. At least he wants to play and makes himself available, so you can't begrudge him having his contract paid up. It's our choice. Those that have been continually injured on our payroll however, that's another story...
Met him before the JPT Final and he was great with my kids, talking to them and having his picture taken. At least he wants to play and makes himself available, so you can't begrudge him having his contract paid up. It's our choice. Those that have been continually injured on our payroll however, that's another story... castle9

8:31am Thu 12 Dec 13

old town robin says...

A nice testimony from Coops, liked what he said he was never any trouble for him and Kmac, which might put a few of the rumours of his drinking to bed.

Never really given the opportunity with the Italian to make the move up to div 1 and never got a chance to make amends for a poor display at the Preston mauling.

I would think there are a few div 2 clubs would be interested in his services, As he's only 22, bags of time to make his way in the game, wish the lad all the best for 2014.and onwards.
A nice testimony from Coops, liked what he said he was never any trouble for him and Kmac, which might put a few of the rumours of his drinking to bed. Never really given the opportunity with the Italian to make the move up to div 1 and never got a chance to make amends for a poor display at the Preston mauling. I would think there are a few div 2 clubs would be interested in his services, As he's only 22, bags of time to make his way in the game, wish the lad all the best for 2014.and onwards. old town robin

8:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

ciclosporindorset says...

Good wishes from me Luke. Nobody comes to a club for just money - football is always first and foremost. First a manager taps you up on the pitch, then he persuades his club to pay over the odds to get you. Then he castigates you on the pitch, sends you to the youth team, the club loan you out and by then you are such a lost soul you no longer have the heart. Then some d1ck of a fan accuses you of winning the lottery. All the best from me and show some doubters the talent you have on the pitch. Never too late to start again!
Good wishes from me Luke. Nobody comes to a club for just money - football is always first and foremost. First a manager taps you up on the pitch, then he persuades his club to pay over the odds to get you. Then he castigates you on the pitch, sends you to the youth team, the club loan you out and by then you are such a lost soul you no longer have the heart. Then some d1ck of a fan accuses you of winning the lottery. All the best from me and show some doubters the talent you have on the pitch. Never too late to start again! ciclosporindorset

8:46am Thu 12 Dec 13

London Red says...

Think there is another highly rated winger at the club who would come in if Pritchard does leave (and possible even if he doesn't) in Tijane!
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Also Power revealed several Premiership clubs have approached him about players coming to us - so I'm sure if we do lose Pritchard we will not be short of new possibilities
Think there is another highly rated winger at the club who would come in if Pritchard does leave (and possible even if he doesn't) in Tijane! . Also Power revealed several Premiership clubs have approached him about players coming to us - so I'm sure if we do lose Pritchard we will not be short of new possibilities London Red

9:12am Thu 12 Dec 13

old town robin says...

Armyrobin78 wrote:
A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for?
Good point, but guess he fell into the high earners category, which as we are led to believe means him and at least 5 others will be off the books by the summer.
[quote][p][bold]Armyrobin78[/bold] wrote: A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for?[/p][/quote]Good point, but guess he fell into the high earners category, which as we are led to believe means him and at least 5 others will be off the books by the summer. old town robin

10:47am Thu 12 Dec 13

Is that you Lovesey says...

Armyrobin78 wrote:
A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for?
Seems to me from the complimentary way Cooper is talking about him that this is Luke not wanting to be at the club, probably because of the way he was treated tarnishing his feelings and desire to be here, I always liked him but he likes a drink....
[quote][p][bold]Armyrobin78[/bold] wrote: A hypothetical if I may. IF we are at risk of losing Alex Pritchard in the January window, should we not be holding on to a talented winger, invest time in him and get him back to the level we paid so much for?[/p][/quote]Seems to me from the complimentary way Cooper is talking about him that this is Luke not wanting to be at the club, probably because of the way he was treated tarnishing his feelings and desire to be here, I always liked him but he likes a drink.... Is that you Lovesey

1:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

Have said it time and time again, my view of Rooney was he was talented but never came across particularly well, he might have shown glimpses of brilliance but showed a lot of stropiness around the pitch and looked to me like he had an attitude problem. Even when he was being played he seemed to be making a rod for his own back. Could have been a great player for us and wasn't in the end - stands to reason with the money spent on him the town managers he played under would have no reason NOT to play him if they thought he could do the business.

Ultimately the club takes the risk by signing the player - if they can't produce the goods it's the club that will suffer, not the player. Best of luck Rooney, hope you put your talents to good use but clearly something wasn't working for you here.

Before you all reach for the minus buttons just bear in mind there must have been reasons he wasn't played more, reasons which we will probably never know but which don't make the decisions of the various managers less valid.

Also I will never slag off a town player as some do, there is a big difference between name calling and giving an honest opinion.
Have said it time and time again, my view of Rooney was he was talented but never came across particularly well, he might have shown glimpses of brilliance but showed a lot of stropiness around the pitch and looked to me like he had an attitude problem. Even when he was being played he seemed to be making a rod for his own back. Could have been a great player for us and wasn't in the end - stands to reason with the money spent on him the town managers he played under would have no reason NOT to play him if they thought he could do the business. Ultimately the club takes the risk by signing the player - if they can't produce the goods it's the club that will suffer, not the player. Best of luck Rooney, hope you put your talents to good use but clearly something wasn't working for you here. Before you all reach for the minus buttons just bear in mind there must have been reasons he wasn't played more, reasons which we will probably never know but which don't make the decisions of the various managers less valid. Also I will never slag off a town player as some do, there is a big difference between name calling and giving an honest opinion. Swindon1984

2:08pm Thu 12 Dec 13

glenda hoddle says...

Another great signing from the ego maniac. rooney was an average leauge 2 player at best but wasn't good enough for leauge 1.I personaly dont think luke rooney will get a club.NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
Another great signing from the ego maniac. rooney was an average leauge 2 player at best but wasn't good enough for leauge 1.I personaly dont think luke rooney will get a club.NOT GOOD ENOUGH. glenda hoddle

7:24pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Di kanny oh says...

Failed player everywhere he goes shame that we spent over 100k for the waster. At the time I suppose PDC took the gamble and lets face it it could have come off but the long contracts and high wages really have hurt us and PDC was out of control on his spending for a small club like ours.
Failed player everywhere he goes shame that we spent over 100k for the waster. At the time I suppose PDC took the gamble and lets face it it could have come off but the long contracts and high wages really have hurt us and PDC was out of control on his spending for a small club like ours. Di kanny oh

8:22am Fri 13 Dec 13

Swindonfan says...

Saw him at the sponsors evening last year, he showed total lack of respect to the guests on his table, the fool kept saying randomly “Really” out loud, I sincerely hope he has grown up since then as all I saw was a silly little boy, not the making of a great Professional footballer!
Saw him at the sponsors evening last year, he showed total lack of respect to the guests on his table, the fool kept saying randomly “Really” out loud, I sincerely hope he has grown up since then as all I saw was a silly little boy, not the making of a great Professional footballer! Swindonfan

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