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Kid brother of Man Utd's Rooney turns pro

The kid brother of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has turned pro.

John Rooney, the younger brother of England star Wayne, has signed a two-year professional contract with Macclesfield Town.

The midfielder, 17, was offered professional terms after impressing during the first 12 months of his two-year scholarship with the club.

Youth team manager John Askey told the club website: "John has come on leaps and bounds in the last year.

"He has got his head down and worked hard to get where he is today."

Askey added: "He is still by no means a finished product but if he continues to progress the way he has done then he will score a lot of goals for the club.

"For his age he is very strong and he's now got the chance to work and train with the first-team and hopefully show what he can do at the higher level."

Rooney joined the Silkmen's centre of excellence in March 2007 after being released by Everton.

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