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Defender Shaun Rooney arrived on the Fylde Coast after signing a two-year deal with Fleetwood Town from double-up winners from Scotland, St. Johnstone.
Rooney, who was Scott Brown’s first coup since becoming head coach in the summer of 2022, played a huge part in the Saints’ survival in the Scottish Premiership before signing for Fleetwood as he played 32 times during the 2021/22 season and scored a crucial goal in their play-off win against Inverness at the end of the campaign.
The defender from Bellshill started his career in the youth setup at Dundee United before making the move to Queen’s Park, where he made his competitive debut. His impressive performances saw him earn the Young Player of the Year award in the 2014/15 season and was named in the PFA Scottish League Two Team of the Year that year as well.
He then moved up a division to Dunfermline Athletic, where he would win the Scottish League One title in his first, and only, year at the Club before making the decision to head to England and join York City in the summer of 2016. Whilst there, he featured in the 2017 FA Trophy final at Wembley, in which they beat Macclesfield Town 3-2 on the day.
Spells at Queen of the South and Inverness Caledonian Thistle followed, with his time at the latter seeing him net eight goals in a short space of time from his natural full-back position before signing a pre-contract to join St. Johnstone in 2020.
His goal-scoring form would continue there as he became the fifth player in the 21st century to score in both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup finals in the same season, as they won both with 1-0 score lines.
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