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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Rooney is still looking for somewhere to play this spring and is leaning toward a spot in the Arena League’s minor league system.
“That’s something that I’m working toward,” Rooney said. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but my main goal would be to play in the Arena League. I want to play there, because I think for my future, I’d be better off.”
A return trip to Europe is definitely a possibility.
“I’ve been talking to a team from Spain and a team from Finland,” said Rooney, who just wrapped his first season as cornerbacks coach at Westminster. “I’m cool with going overseas again. My friends in Serbia want me back bad. They’re offering more money. If I’m going to go back overseas, it’s about exploring new areas and I feel like I left my impact on that town in Serbia. I wouldn’t get as much out of it. Going to another place in Europe would help me, because I’d get to meet new people and explore new cultures.”
No matter where football takes him, Rooney has a message that he wants to get out there and wants to use football as an avenue to deliver it.
“I want to inspire some of the young kids that I work with,” he said. “I want them to believe they can work through adversity, which they can. I want to build a platform, so I can speak and relate to people. That’s something I like to do. I don’t know if it’s arrogant or not, but I think the things I have to say and the things I’ve gone through can help people. Who’s going to listen if I’m just some random person? I feel these different accomplishments give me the platform to speak and get a message out.”
(Email: C_Corbin @ncnewsonline.com).