National League: Wayne Rooney's brother John signs for Guiseley AFC

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Guiseley AFC have signed Wrexham midfield player John Rooney on loan until the end of the season to boost their battle against relegation in the National League.

The 26 year-old brother of Manchester United and England striker Wayne has been a thorn in Guiseley’s side in recent seasons both for Chester and Wrexham.

He netted twice in Wrexham’s recent 3-2 win over Guiseley.

Liverpool-born Rooney started out in the Everton Academy at the age of six. After being released by Everton in 2002, Rooney moved to Macclesfield Town in League Two where he signed professional forms in 2008.

He made 41 appearances for the club, scoring three goals, but after refusing to sign a new contract with Macclesfield his contract expired.

He had trials with Derby County and Huddersfield Town but decided on trying to forge a career in the USA.

He joined the Major League Soccer Draft in December, 2010 and signed for New York Red Bulls making his debut in April, 2011.

Rooney moved on to join Orlando City in January 2012 and it was with that club that he won his first championship.

After leaving Orlando, Rooney signed a contract with Barnsley in October, 2012 but he was released at the end of the season.

The midfielder signed for Bury in July, 2013 and was loaned to Conference Premier side Chester before the signing was made permanent.

He made 112 appearances for Chester scoring 26 goals.

Rooney then joined Wrexham in June, 2016, making his debut on the opening day of the season. He has made 33 appearances for the Welsh club, scoring 11 goals.

Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood. PIC: Tony Johnson

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