Rooney moving Down Under?

2010-10-21 08:46

Perth - It might be tongue-in-cheek, but one former England football star says he's trying to talk Wayne Rooney into coming to Australia.

Robbie Fowler, a prolific Liverpool and England striker during the height of his career, said Thursday he spoke to Manchester United forward Rooney about joining the A-League's Perth Glory during a recent two-week holiday in Britain.

Rooney reportedly is looking for a new club after opting against a contract extension at Old Trafford. Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been touted in speculation as Rooney's next home team.

But Fowler says he's using his star power to attract Rooney's attention.

"It's probably only just come out lately about Wayne Rooney (wanting to leave) but being in the football know, I found out a couple of weeks ago," Fowler said in an audio clip on Perth Glory's website.

"So I just had to go home and see whether he would be interested in coming to Perth. And the signs were good. Really pleased with the chat we had and we'll see where it takes us. He's very, very interested. I told him what a lovely place it is."

"So he's umming and ahhing at the minute but it's looking good, mate."

Fowler's tone sounded serious during the short interview.

The Glory could use Rooney's help. They are on a five-game winless streak and have had to deal with the recent resignation of coach Dave Mitchell.

The club said it had not made a formal approach to Rooney, but it is interested.

"Well if, and it's a big 'if' Wayne Rooney was out of contract and Robbie Fowler could pull some strings we would love to have him at Perth Glory even as a guest," Glory deputy chairman Lui Giuliani said.

"If I said four years ago that Robbie Fowler would be playing for Perth Glory, I'm sure many people would have had a laugh."

Fowler became the A-League's biggest recruit in 2009 by agreeing to join the North Queensland Fury after a career in England in which he became one of Liverpool's greats, followed by stints at Manchester City, Blackburn and elsewhere. He is the fourth-highest all-time scorer in the English Premier League.


  • Kylee - 2010-10-21 08:56

    I heard amazulu are looking for a new striker??? maybe he's going there lol i love rumours

  • Humpme Dumpme - 2010-10-21 09:18

    he has already been "downunder"..........with his prostitute

  • Haha - 2010-10-21 09:22

    what rubbish!! please how could a greedy and ambitious player want to leave european football? While still in his prime.. come on Robbie Fowler has become a joke

  • nick - 2010-10-21 09:44

    Sometimes the sheep in the other field look better than your own sheep, but..... All the best to Rooney and hopefully he will pack his bags and leave United VERY SOON. As those before him have learnt (Keane, Ronaldo, Beckham etc. ) United is a TEAM and not a place for prima donna celebrities,

  • Joe - 2010-10-21 09:54

    In his case no muff too tuff, going down

  • Louis - 2010-10-21 09:56

    On your way Mr Rooney! Good Luck! Also time for MUFC to look at other coaches because Sir Alex is becoming like a Mugabe. It's time for him to retire but he can still play a good role at the club.

  • Bloodhound - 2010-10-21 09:56

    Australia is an old English "Roben Islnd " type of place , so maybe it is fitting that they bannish him to that place

  • United Fan - 2010-10-21 10:14

    Gee what clever move that would be. And his problems, does he think he is leaving that behind in England

  • Disney - 2010-10-21 10:27

    Never- he suposedly wants to leace Man Utd to win trophies- what trophies will he win in Aussie land apart from Sheep Shearing?

  • J-Bone - 2010-10-21 10:37

    He is going for the Australian kiss, its a bit like the frech kiss but down-under!!!

  • dave - 2010-10-21 10:42

    you ll fit in there very well SHREK

  • argynome - 2010-10-21 10:49

    When Rooney reaches Australia he mustn't stop, just continue on across the south Pacific to a small speck of land called Easter Island. There he can sit on a hillside with a group of BIG (stone)HEADS and gaze endlessly at the ocean!!

  • paul - 2010-10-21 11:10

    Maybe he's going for the sheep

  • CF - 2010-10-21 11:10

    What about the US? I hear the money is good. It will also cement his relationship with Colleen - she can do all the shopping she wants on Rodeo Drive! Any thoughts?

  • Simonm - 2010-10-21 11:12

    Robbie Fowler must first understand the main reason why Rooney wants to leave... MUFC doesn't have any plans to buy Top/World class players! if A-League's Perth has such quality, then maybe Rooney might consider - but EPL to AL (Come on, really)

  • derek - 2010-10-21 11:32

    you remind me of a stud bull you should be playing rugby for the bulle

  • TRUE Red - 2010-10-21 12:15

    Nice to hear about you Robbie, or as the Kop called you, "God". Some of you okes clearly have not heard about "Scouse humor", LOL

  • Paddy - 2010-10-21 13:28

    Mark Gleeson says South Africa's striker cabinet is bare. Rooney, the SA clubs are waiting for you mate.

  • Atomic99 - 2010-10-21 13:49

    Looks like all the Liverpudlians are down under....Down under in the relegation zone...LOL What a team they would make..with Robbie snorting up the white lines and Rooney sh_gging the Sheilas...

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-21 13:51

    What's Robbie on about here? I respect the guy, but I think the sun down under must be affecting his brains. The chances are slim that he'll return to Everton, his club since childhood, that he "loves". So it's pretty much a zero chance that he'll play in Oz. The "Uhms and Aahing" were probably out of respect to Robbie. In his mind, he was probably thinking "What's this guy smoking?"

  • Shimmer - 2010-10-21 14:01

    The game will always be bigger than the player - best of luck to Roonie but United we shall stand

  • roo who - 2010-10-22 09:03

    The Chimp is the only footballer who has to pay for sex. Down Under is not what you think it is.

  • pages:
  • 1