New Guiseley signing John Rooney has admitted that his last-minute winner against Sutton United meant that he made a dream debut for the Vanarama National League club.

After joining on loan from Wrexham, the brother of Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney played the entire game, seeing his new side go ahead after seven minutes thanks to a Jake Cassidy goal.

The Lions were pegged back when U’s striker Matt Tubbs slotted home a penalty ten minutes before half time.

The two sides seemed destined for a draw until Rooney was given space to tap home a winner just a minute into injury time.

After the game Rooney spoke to NLD’s Thomas Feaheny and said “It was a frustrating game but to get the goal in the last minute for the team on my debut is a good moment for me and the team, the fans were on our side from the warm-up and the start of the game, they were behind us the whole game, we’ve been able to reward them and keep this run going.”

The winner came just hours after Rooney had completed a loan move from Wrexham and he explained just how quickly the move had come about.

He said “I spoke to the manager on Sunday, it all got going quite quickly, I took everything as it came, the club then went to Wrexham to try and push it through for the international clearance and luckily we got it through on time, I left Wrexham after I’d been talking to them for a while, the manager was leaving me out, because I got a new deal if I played so now I’m glad to have just moved on.”

The win ensured that Guiseley stayed out of the National League dropzone and left them one place and two points above the bottom four.

Four wins in their last eight games has given the Lions a platform to build on and Rooney is keen to help his new side preserve their National League status.

“I know the team is on good form, we need to keep the run going, make it a tough place to come at home and hard to beat away. The main aim is to stay up, get enough points, there are a lot of good teams in this league but I know in this dressing room we can match anyone.”

Interview and Image: Thomas Feaheny (@thomasfeaheny)

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