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Rooney 'expresses' first-team desire

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LUKE Rooney is using self-expression as a tool to crowbar himself into Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio’s first-team plans this season.

The winger, who has impressed during his two 45-minute appearances in Town’s pair of warm-up matches out in Italy, faces a tough task establishing himself in the Robins’ starting XI over the coming months.

Matt Ritchie, Gary Roberts and Raffa De Vita are all pushing for places out wide as the return to competitive action approaches, but Rooney has come up with a gameplan to ensure he captures Di Canio’s attention.

“It’s just about doing everything the gaffer asks you to do and expressing yourself,” he told the Advertiser. “Don’t be shy because if you’re going to be shy you’re going to be left behind.

“When I say not being shy I mean in terms of not being frightened of doing things and trying things because you have to try and express yourself.

“That’s why the gaffer’s brought each one of us to the club – because he knows we’re good players and we can add something to the team.”

Rooney reckons he has benefited massively from an intense fortnight of training on the banks of Lake Garda, where Di Canio and fitness coach Claudio Donatelli have subjected the Town players to exhausting running drills on a daily basis.

And now he’s ready to get his head down and prove to the Swindon boss why he deserves to be his number one pick on the wing in 2012/13.

“I think that with me it’s all about getting through pre-season first – leg-wise and fitness-wise – and I’ve felt good so far and felt fitter already,” he said.

“The legs have properly got a little bit of catching up to do but you just have to concentrate on yourself, as harsh as it sounds because I get on with the three lads, but you’ve got to show you can bring more to the team.”

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7:18am Fri 13 Jul 12

duncan shearer says...

the competition for places is so important and we have it all over the pitch with quality in abundance, the only position we have not got real competion for is for the keeper slot but lets be honest nobody is dislodging sir wes we just need a steady stopper incase of injury we can always dip into the market if anything happens to wes long term god forbid it , anyways i can definately see another barnstorming season coming up happy days :)
the competition for places is so important and we have it all over the pitch with quality in abundance, the only position we have not got real competion for is for the keeper slot but lets be honest nobody is dislodging sir wes we just need a steady stopper incase of injury we can always dip into the market if anything happens to wes long term god forbid it , anyways i can definately see another barnstorming season coming up happy days :) duncan shearer
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8:24am Fri 13 Jul 12

London Red says...

Now this is the attitude we want in the squad!
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Rooney and Collins are exactly the type of "kids" we want - hungry and with desire to succeed
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They don't let the fact experienced pros at there stop them
Now this is the attitude we want in the squad! . Rooney and Collins are exactly the type of "kids" we want - hungry and with desire to succeed . They don't let the fact experienced pros at there stop them London Red
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8:54am Fri 13 Jul 12

Oi Den! says...

I agree that it's unlikely Foderingham will get serious competition for his place. I have never seen a better Town keeper. What's more, I think he can only get better. However, we do need dependable cover for him. I don't like the idea of taking pot luck with the loan market. The snag is that any keeper we sign will know that he's never going to get first team football, except in the case of injuries and maybe in the Paint Pot. How many decent players are going to be happy with that? We'll do well to get anyone as good as Phil Smith (clangers and all).
I agree that it's unlikely Foderingham will get serious competition for his place. I have never seen a better Town keeper. What's more, I think he can only get better. However, we do need dependable cover for him. I don't like the idea of taking pot luck with the loan market. The snag is that any keeper we sign will know that he's never going to get first team football, except in the case of injuries and maybe in the Paint Pot. How many decent players are going to be happy with that? We'll do well to get anyone as good as Phil Smith (clangers and all). Oi Den!
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9:01am Fri 13 Jul 12

Psychedelic Syd says...

Agree with all your post Den. Good to see Rooney showing such desire to play, it must be tough in this squad because we could field 16 players or more of very similar ability (other than Wes who is in a different class - future England goalie). Exciting times ahead.
Agree with all your post Den. Good to see Rooney showing such desire to play, it must be tough in this squad because we could field 16 players or more of very similar ability (other than Wes who is in a different class - future England goalie). Exciting times ahead. Psychedelic Syd
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12:54pm Fri 13 Jul 12

SeanG92 says...

It gets better and better. Now for a #2 keeper and we are sorted :)
It gets better and better. Now for a #2 keeper and we are sorted :) SeanG92
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2:05pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Bootlegger says...

PDC has been clear that Rooney has to work on the defensive side of his game. Ritchie, for example, obviously puts in a considerable amount of defensive work as well as being the attacking threat he is.
PDC has been clear that Rooney has to work on the defensive side of his game. Ritchie, for example, obviously puts in a considerable amount of defensive work as well as being the attacking threat he is. Bootlegger
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9:06pm Fri 13 Jul 12

HardwickeRed says...

If i read "on the banks of Lake Garda" one more time, i`ll go bloody mad!!!!!!!
If i read "on the banks of Lake Garda" one more time, i`ll go bloody mad!!!!!!! HardwickeRed
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12:13pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Stilloyal says...

HardwickeRed wrote:
If i read "on the banks of Lake Garda" one more time, i`ll go bloody mad!!!!!!!
All you will get now is talk of the banks of Coate Water or the bank of the Stratton end . lol
[quote][p][bold]HardwickeRed[/bold] wrote: If i read "on the banks of Lake Garda" one more time, i`ll go bloody mad!!!!!!![/p][/quote]All you will get now is talk of the banks of Coate Water or the bank of the Stratton end . lol Stilloyal
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