Official: Former Newcastle Jets striker Sean Rooney joins Indian club Salgaocar SC

The former I-League champions have signed the former Newcastle Jets striker, as they bid to improve from a goal-shy 2011-12 season in which they failed to defend their title

Former Newcastle Jets striker Sean Rooney has taken his career to India, becoming the fourth and final foreign signing for I-League club Salgaocar SC for the 2012-13 campaign.

With the club targeting an end to their goal-shy ways of season 2011-12, Rooney joins from Indonesian Super League club Deltras FC, joining fellow visa players and new signings Nigerian Jagaba Hamza [HAL] and Namibian Quinton Jacobs [United Sikkim] in the squad.

Salgaocar have also retained the services of captain and Brazilian Luciano Sobrosa.

The Goan giants failed to find their rhythm in front of goal last campaign, scoring a paltry 30 goals - the least number of goals for a team in the top eight.

It was the primary reason why Salgaocar failed to defend their I-League title in 2011-12, having notched 58 goals in the previous I-League campaign.

"Sean has been training with us for about a week; he has also played three friendly matches in which he scored in every match," coach Karim Bencherifa said of the 23-year-old former Australia youth international, who scored four goals in 10 league appearances for Deltras last campaign.

"He managed to impress me with his skills, technique and a deft scoring touch. I believe he is going to be a good prospect for us with his scoring ability upfront, something which we want to improve compared to our last season."

Before joining Deltras for the 2011-12 ISL season, Rooney made 29 appearances for the Jets between 2008 and 2011.  He scored three goals before his release and subsequent signing for New South Wales Premier League club Blacktown City FC.

"We had shortlisted some Asian players for the trials and we have signed Sean Rooney who fits into our system. We hope that he will deliver his best performance with us," Salgaocar general secretary RAJ Gomes told The Navhind Times.

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