Roo’s a blue! Wayne Rooney’s younger brother John joins Chester FC on loan from Bury

By Ruth Dacey

John Rooney, the younger brother of Manchester United and England striker Wayne, has joined Chester FC on a one-month loan deal from League Two’s Bury.

The 22-year-old signed a 12-month contract with Bury in July following a trial at Gigg Lane however he has only made four appearances for the club, three of them as a substitute.

Rooney has fallen further down the starting order since the loan arrivals of Danny Hylton and Daniel Nardiello and Chester FC manager Neil Young believes John Rooney can make a big impact at the club.

“John is a player we looked at in the summer,” Young told the club website, adding Rooney will go straight into the squad for the FA Trophy tie with AFC Barrow on Saturday.

“He is a player who has Football League experience and I believe our current position requires lads with league experience to take us forward.”

Rooney began his career with Macclesfield Town, making 40 appearances and then spent two years in the United States where he played for the New York Red Bulls and Orlando City.

He can play as an attacking midfielder or up front and returned to the UK in 2012 signing for Championship side Barnsley before joining League Two side Bury over the summer.

Young believes he has the right skills needed to succeed at the Swansway Chester Stadium despite the Liverpool-born player’s lack of pitch time this season.

“I would not be too bothered about his lack of games and hopefully coming here can ignite him,” said the Blues boss.

“We need people who are mentally strong for the position we are in and one thing about John is that nothing will faze him.”

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