Luke Rooney leaves Crawley Town for USA

Crawley Town midfielder Luke Rooney SUS-150921-133411002
Crawley Town midfielder Luke Rooney SUS-150921-133411002

Crawley Town have cancelled Luke Rooney’s contract to allow the midfielder to play in America.

He proved the anger of manager Mark Yates by going to a Major League Soccer club for a two-week trial without the boss’s permission.

Yates had previously given written permission which was withdrawn due to injuries in the squad.

The Reds boss has now allowed Rooney to take up an offer he has been given to play for Arizona.

Rooney said: “I am very grateful to manager Mark Yates and the club for allowing me to take up this opportunity. And I would like to apologise to the manager and players for the mix-up in communication about me being allowed to travel and train to Arizona.

“I wish the players, manager and club all the very best in the future.

“I enjoyed my time at Crawley but I’m really looking forward to this new, totally different and exciting chapter in my career with Arizona United.”

This was Rooney’s second spell at the club, having been recruited by Richie Barker on loan from Swindon Town but did not make an appearance.

In this spell he played 26 games for the club, having joined at the start of the season.

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