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Crawley Town sign Rooney on loan

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Rooney joins Crawley on loan (©GettyImages)
Rooney joins Crawley on loan (©GettyImages).

Crawley Town completed the signing of winger Luke Rooney from Swindon Town on Tuesday in a loan deal, which lasts until the 1st of January.

The 22-year-old was involved in the dying embers of last nights League Cup defeat to League 2 side Cheltenham and made a good start seeing that he hasn't had game time for a long period.

Luke started his career with Gillingham and made 57 appearances for the club after debuting in 2009, scoring eight goals. 

During his time there he had loan deals in Sussex with Lewes and Eastbourne, who were both in the Conference back then.

In January 2012 Swindon paid a six-figure sum to take Rooney to the County Ground on a two-and-a-half year deal and a month later he scored his first goal for the club against the Reds, when Crawley lost 3-0 in their League 2 game.

Luke's playing time has been limited to 27 appearances for Swindon, with two goals. Last season he found himself out on loan with Burton Albion and Rotherham. 

Having already been told he was not involved in Swindon's plans for the coming season, Rooney was allowed to join up with the Reds and train with them. 

It was hinted last week that manager Richie Barker wanted to sign the young lad but the obstacle blocking the deal was the money. 

However, a compromised deal has been reached which has brought him to Crawley on loan instead of the preferred permanent deal. Luke will wear the number 18 shirt for the Reds.

In an interview on the club's official website Luke said:

"It's a fresh start for me and I can't wait to get started. I hav really enjoyed the training so far and I like the way Richie Barker sets his team up to play good football. 

"The lads have been really welcoming and I've been really impressed by the set up at the club. I'm probably a little bit behind the others in terms of match fitness but that will come and then I hope Crawley supporters will see the best of me."


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