Rooney in emo­tional Ever­ton re­turn af­ter 13 years at United

The Western Star - - Sports -

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.

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