Rooney in emotional Everton return after 13 years at United
Wayne Rooney no longer has to hide his nighttime secret. Although the striker left Everton in 2004 in pursuit of glory with Manchester United, the affection for his boyhood club never truly diminished - even while winning every major honour in European soccer with United and becoming the all-time leading scorer for English soccer’s biggest club. A reunion with Everton was mooted for years and it finally came on Sunday. The 31-yearold Rooney completed an emotional return across northwest England by signing a two-year contract at Goodison Park.
“I’ve kept it quiet for the last 13 years,” Rooney said, “but I’ve actually been wearing Everton pyjamas at home with my kids. I had to keep that a bit quiet.
“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic.” Rooney always maintained that Everton was the only other Premier League club he could contemplate playing for after United.