The former Newcastle Jets striker is delighted to take his career to India, telling Goal.com he is raring to get started with his new club
|By JOHN VAZ
Australian striker Sean Rooney has been impressed with new club Salgaocar FC, hailing the Indian outfit's professionalism.
Having joined the Goan side in August, former Newcastle Jets forward Rooney believes that Salgaocar have the right mindset to challenge for top honours in the I-League.
"It's been a great experience so far. They are thoroughly professional, have got a good management, good infrastructure, a good squad and they've taken care of me," Rooney told Goal.com.
"I expect us to win trophies this season. We've had a good pre-season and will be playing in the Federation Cup soon. So I expect us to pick up silverware. I am raring to go and score as many goals to help the team win."
On being asked as to what prompted him to join the former I-League champions, Rooney spoke of his desire to experience a new challenge.
"I was back at my hometown when the offer to play in India came my way. I decided to sign up as it's a new place and it would be a new experience, hopefully a great one," Rooney said.
The 23-year-old was at the Jets from 2008 to 2011, but made just 29 appearances and scored three goals before his release. He spent the 2011-12 Indonesian Super League season with Deltras FC, and also spent time at hometown club Blacktown City Demons in the New South Wales Premier League before signing with Salgaocar.
"When I played in the A-League for some time, I had to contend with injuries," Rooney said.
Rooney's stint in Indonesia was overshadowed by pay problems.
"I had a bad experience in Indonesia with the club [Deltras FC] as they had problems regarding payments."
Former A-League Player of the Year and Melbourne Victory star Carlos Hernandez has joined Salgaocar's rivals Prayag United this season and Rooney praised the Costa Rican striker's abilities.
“I played against him during my time at Newcastle Jets. He was a good player then and Prayag have a decent signing on their hands," Rooney said of the 30-year-old attacking midfielder.
The former Sydney FC youth player is itching to play in the first major tournament in India - the Federation Cup.
"I'm really looking forward to it. This will be my first major tournament with Salgaocar and that too as defending champions. So I really hope to do well for the club in the tournament."