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Ex-York City FA Trophy winner relishing European football with Scottish club

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The Buddies will be playing in Europe for the first time in 37 years next season having qualified for the Europa Conference League.

Rooney has come a long way since representing York in the Vanarama National League, having joined City in 2016 following their relegation from the EFL. 

The reputable full-back featured for 15 minutes in the Minstermen’s Isuzu FA Trophy victory over Macclesfield Town in 2017, making a total of 38 appearances in all competitions as York were relegated into regional football.

Rooney would go on to return to his native Scotland and play for the likes of Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Johnstone, before making the switch into the EFL with Fleetwood Town in 2022. 

After a two-year spell with the Cods, Rooney has been announced as St Mirren’s newest addition.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a team like St Mirren that has just confirmed European football,” Bellshill-born defender Rooney told the club website after a two-year spell with Fleetwood in Sky Bet League One.

“It’s good to be coming back home. St Mirren wanted to sign me two years ago before I went to Fleetwood and I had a good chat with the manager, but I just wanted to try new things.

“The club being interested in me again is obviously a positive sign.

“It’s a club that’s close to home and one I know a lot about it. I was on trial when I was younger as well.

“I spoke to Marcus Fraser and he gave high reviews.

“I asked what the team was looking like for next season and he only said positive things so I can’t wait to get started and meet the boys.”

Rooney, 27, began his career in the youth set-up at Dundee United before moving on to Queen’s Park and Dunfermline, where he was part of the Pars’ Scottish League One winning side in 2015-16.

Rooney scored two Hampden Park winners in 2021 as St Johnstone completed a League and Scottish Cup double.

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson said: “He’s a player that I have chased for a number of years.

“He can play in a number of different positions and has proved his quality in the Scottish Premiership.

“We’ve started our signings early. We’re delighted to get him in and we look forward to welcoming Shaun to the club.”

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