Derek McInnes has admitted that Aberdeen regularly face a “challenge” in retaining their best players following Adam Rooney’s departure to Salford City.

The 30-year-old, who had been with the Dons since January 2014 and had scored 88 goals in all competitions, joined the National League outfit for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

McInnes described Rooney’s exit as “disappointing” exit but concedes that Aberdeen will have to deal with it and try to bring in new players throughout the transfer window.

“The first conversation I had about Adam was on the first day of pre-season and let’s say they were given no encouragement,” McInnes told Sky Sports News. “But they have certainly showed an ambition to get Adam.

“It is a challenge for us to retain our players a lot of the time. We have lost out on players to League One which I think a club like Aberdeen shouldn’t be.

“For me I see the levels, I understand the Championship trying to match the Premiership in England and what other teams can provide.”

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