Shaun Rooney breaks Perth hearts by sealing Scottish return with St Mirren

St Johnstone legend Shaun Rooney has sealed a return to Scotland by signing for St Mirren.

Rooney wrote himself into the McDiarmid Park history books by scoring the winning goal in both finals as Saints won a historic cup double in 2021.

After helping Saints secure their Premiership status with crucial strikes in both legs of the 2022 play-off final against Inverness, the talismanic right-back left Perth a hero to sign for Fleetwood Town.

News that the English club were making him a free agent this summer prompted Saints fans to issue a “bring him home” plea to club bosses.

However, Rooney has signed a two-year contract in Paisley after spending two years with the English team, which is currently led by former Dundee player Charlie Adam.

It’s unclear if that means McDiarmid will rejoin St. Mirren for the upcoming year, as the Perth Saints will once more be fighting to miss the playoffs.

Rooney disclosed that the Buddies, who are headed for Europe, had made an attempt to sign him when his St Johnstone contract expired in 2022.

“Two years ago, before I went to Fleetwood, I had a nice conversation with the manager at St Mirren, but I just wanted to try new things,” he stated.

“The club being interested in me again is obviously a positive sign. It’s a club that’s close to home and one I know a lot about it. I was on trial when I was younger as well.

“I’m a right-back, right wing-back who likes to get forward.

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