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Wayne Rooney's brother on trial at Oakwell

Friday 14th September 2012

Barnsley have given a trial to John Rooney, the brother of England star Wayne, the Chronicle can reveal.


The 21-year-old is currently contracted to Orlando City Soccer Club in the third tier of the American league system. The US season finished last month and Rooney has been at Oakwell this week for a trial organised by Barnsley’s assistant manager David Flitcroft.


“John Rooney is training with us and it is very much a wait and see situation,” manager Keith Hill told the Chronicle.


“He has great ability but he has been playing over in America so needs to get his conditioning up. It is something that Flicker has organised. We are taking a look at each other and if we want to do a deal we will try.


"He can play as a loose striker or in attacking midfield. We will probably make a decision in the next week or two.”


Liverpudlian Rooney is five years younger than Manchester United striker Wayne.John followed his brother into the Everton youth system but was released at the age of 11 and joined Macclesfield Town.


He played alongside Reds captain Jim McNulty and scored four goals in 46 games before leaving in 2010. After unsuccessful trials with several Championship clubs, Rooney joined Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls in 2011.He struggled to make an impact in the top flight and moved to Orlando where he has netted seven times in nine league games.