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Town and Rooney end contract dispute
ADAM Rooney and Swindon Town have come to an amicable resolution ahead of a scheduled tribunal, the Advertiser understands.
Rooney and his representatives have been involved in negotiations with Town since the summer, after former chairman Jed McCrory revealed the Robins had questioned the validity of a deal which was originally due to kick in on July 1, 2013.
The striker, currently with Scottish Premier League outfit Aberdeen, had penned an agreement with the regime of previous Swindon owner Andrew Black, which would see his loan stint from Birmingham City become permanent during the off-season.
A two-year contract had been agreed, which the Rooney camp felt Town reneged on last year.
The case was due to be heard by a Football Association tribunal panel in January before it was postponed to this month and then put back again to June, prior to the respective sides finding common ground.
A six-figure settlement is understood to have been agreed between the parties, which is believed to be in the region of £140,000 and significantly lower than the original sum Rooney and his representatives were looking to recoup from Town.
Swindon owner Lee Power, who has reportedly invested £2million in Town since associating himself with the club 13 months ago, is in the process of tidying up a number of lingering legal issues at the County Ground, as he looks to implement a sustainable financial model in SN1.
Clearing up the Rooney saga represents a major step forward for Power and his management team, though other cases remain ongoing.
The Advertiser has been unable to reach Power, while a Swindon Town spokesman told this paper that the club would be making “no comment” on suggestions that the long-standing dispute had been brought to a satisfactory end.
Rooney’s representatives, meanwhile, were also unreachable for comment when the Adver tried to contact them yesterday.
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