ADAM Rooney says he is up for the play-off fight after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Solihull Moors.
Thirty-one-year-old striker Rooney, formerly of Birmingham City and Aberdeen, arrives from Salford City having fired 21 goals to help earn the Ammies promotion to the Football League via the National League play-offs last term.
The Irishman scored six goals in 21 appearances for the League Two side this season, but now has his attentions turned firmly by the prospect of a second successive promotion bid from the top tier of the non-league ladder.
He admits the challenge was a big draw in swapping Moor Lane in Greater Manchester for the Moors, and said: “I’ve had experience of this league now and promotion from it, so I want to bring my experience, hopefully some goals to the team, and get us into the Football League.
“The ambition of the club and where it wants to go enticed me. I lived in Solihull when I was at Birmingham, so I know the area very well and I enjoyed my time.
“It’s about getting points on the board now and making sure we stay in and around that mix. Once it comes to the play-offs, you never know what can happen.”
Rooney’s new manager Jimmy Shan is a big fan of the forward, and admitted his delight at managing to acquire his services.
“Adam is an unbelievable signing, not only at this stage of the season but going forward for us,” he said.
“We all know his goal scoring capabilities and it shows the intentions of the football club. We have found it difficult to score goals of late and Adam is a proven goal scorer – without putting any pressure on him.
“He gives us a different threat in the box, he’s a natural goal scorer and I’m delighted to welcome him to the club.
“I’m grateful to the chairman for his backing and it just goes to show his intent as well.”