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Former Oldham Athletic & Birmingham City man is the key for Salford City this season

Who can Salford City rely on in their first ever season in the EFL?

There is one particular man in Salford City’s squad who has the experience required to succeed in the English Football League.

Irishman Adam Rooney scored 22 goals last season for Salford City, making him the fourth highest scorer in the National League 2018/19 campaign.

Salford City will find themselves in the English Football League for the first time in the club’s history, after securing promotion to League Two. It is important that the players with experience step up to the mark next season to give Salford City a fighting chance.

Luckily, Salford has 31-year-old Adam Rooney at the top of their formation.

Experience in the EFL

Rooney has previously played for English teams such as Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City, Chesterfield, Stoke City, Bury and Yeovil Town. Amongst this experience, the prolific striker has 129 appearances in the EFL alone. Ranging from the Championship to League Two, in which he has 33 goals and 7 assists to his name.

This wealth of experience, partnered with his proven prowess in front of goal. Rooney can make up for the knowledge and ability his teammates may lack in their new competition.

Fellow forward Rory Gaffney bagged 11 goals last season, despite being capable of many more. Should the eagerness to impress the new competition bring the best out of Salford’s strike force, we could see the new boys on the block hit the back of the net well over 50 times. Which could be an understatement regarding the 77 goals they scored last season.

Should they defend capably, these projections would potentially see Salford City surpass the relegation zone of League Two.

Salford City may well provide a few shocks in their first ever season in the English Football League. The recent form of the side dictates that they will comfortably survive the league. Furthermore, the involvement of Adam Rooney could move the team from relegation survivors to a comfortable mid-table side.

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