Maidstone United have signed attacking midfielder Luke Rooney.
Rooney spent the early part of his career with Gillingham, firstly as an apprentice before signing a professional contract in 2009. After three years with the Kent club he signed for Swindon Town for an undisclosed fee, just weeks after the Gills had rejected a six-figure sum for him.
While at Gillingham he had loan spells at Lewes and Eastbourne Borough, and during his time with The Robins he made appearances for Burton Albion, Rotherham United and Crawley Town.
Rooney said: “Being brutally honest I’d fallen out of love with the game in recent months and for someone who lived and breathed it when I was growing up that’s difficult to admit.
“I know some of the lads at Maidstone, came down to train last night and really, really enjoyed it. I’ve had several offers in recent weeks – some from league clubs, others in the Conference and a couple of Ryman clubs.
“Maidstone came well-recommended and instinctively I knew it was right for me when I met the gaffer and lads last night. It’s a club that’s got something to fight for in every game that’s left this season, the ground’s really impressive and the pitch is as good as you can get.
“I’m sure that given one or two games, my love for football will be well and truly back.”
Stones boss Jay Saunders added: “This is a great signing for us and a real bonus for the last part of this season. Since leaving Swindon he’s had some offers but I’m delighted he joining us, especially after seeing his quality at training last night. What’s also impressed me is that he’s not here for the money but for the opportunity to enjoy his football again.”