John Rooney has thrived since he started captaining Barrow AFC two-and-a-half months ago, but the midfielder insists he’d still be feeling as driven even if someone else was leading the team out, The Mail report.

The 29-year-old led by example in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Torquay United by smashing in the Bluebirds’ equaliser to take his haul for season up to 19 goals, almost twice as many as he scored in the whole of last season.

Ten of those have come since he was first given the armband in the 3-0 win over Notts County in November that took AFC to the top of the National League for the first time, another match in which he scored.

Barrow have remained on their perch since and Rooney has maintained his superb form, but he hasn’t felt any extra inspiration from being given the captaincy, which he inherited from Jason Taylor.

He said: “It’s just one of those where I think from the start of the season we’ve done well. When Tayls was out, the manager gave me the armband and he’s left me with it because of my performances.”

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