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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Ex-Super League ace Jamie Rooney signs for Whitehaven

Whitehaven have signed former Super League star Jamie Rooney for the rest of the season.

Jamie Rooney photo
Jamie Rooney

The club had been looking for a playmaker for much of this year, and boss Don Gailer is confident the ex-Wakefield, Barrow and England A ace fits the bill.

“We’ve said for a while that we’ve been looking for a strong, on-field organiser, and we feel a player with his background and ability will suit our team,” the coach said.

“Our discussions with him were so positive, and in his own words he said he was looking to play some good football and contribute to promotion. He’ll have his first training session on Thursday and will get at least three under his belt before he plays, so he can get to know the boys, and they can get to know him.

“With our blend of youth and experience, he’s the right man, at the right time, to take the organising role.

“He knows, and knows of, a lot of the guys, and is excited about the personnel and what he can contribute. It’s not totally unknown to him.”

Haven made an initial enquiry last week to Rooney’s agent, after he left South Wales Scorpions.

But after they heard nothing back they assumed he was not interested. Events moved quickly after Rooney spoke to the club.

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