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John Rooney: If Chester FC fans jeer me I'll thrive on it

The Dragons midfielder is not expecting a warm welcome from Blues supporters

Robert Parry-Jones John Rooney scores against Wrexham from a free-kick during October's 3-2 derby win for the Blues at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium
John Rooney scores against Wrexham from a free-kick during last October's 3-2 derby win for the Blues

John Rooney is braced for a hot reception from Chester FC fans on Saturday.

The Wrexham midfielder crossed the divide in the summer, leaving the Blues to sign for their bitter rivals.

This weekend, he will line up against his former team-mates for the first time, and is expecting a feisty reaction from the travelling fans.

“A good one or a bad one?” joked Rooney when asked if he expected a reception from the Chester supporters.

“I don’t think it will be a good reception, it will be more of a bad one. But hopefully I can thrive on it and go on and shut them up if you like.”

Rooney will hardly need telling just what the cross-border derby clash means to either sets of fans, having finished on the winning and losing side during his time at Chester.

Wrexham AFC John Rooney has left Chester to sign for rivals Wrexham
John Rooney how Chester fans hoped they'd never see him - in the red of Wrexham

The 25-year-old was part of the side that claimed a 3-2 win at the Deva Stadium last season, scoring the opener with a stunning free kick.

He made than 100 appearances for the Blues, scoring 25 goals.

But the midfielder, who is joint top scorer for the Dragons this season, insists he is trying to treat it as ‘just another game’.

He added: “It is one I am obviously looking forward to because it is my old team and I know a lot of the faces there. It is a game I am looking forward to, but I look forward to every game.

“I scored the goal last year against Wrexham. Hopefully I can do vise-versa and put one in the back of their net."

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