Rooney defends Gillingham exit

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Luke Rooney has defended the manner of his departure from Gillingham and insists he left on good terms with manager Andy Hessenthaler.

The winger, 21, completed a move to Swindon on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee, coming after he turned down the offer of a new deal at Priestfield in November. Hessenthaler subsequently omitted Rooney from first-team affairs although he did go on to make three substitute appearances more recently.

"I could not have left on any better terms, in my eyes anyway," Rooney said. "I'm sure my gaffer at Gillingham will have an interview and I'm sure he's not going to lie to my face, he'll tell everyone who needs or wants to know that I've gone with his blessing."

He added: "My attitude has been great ever since everything that's been going on and all I've wanted to do is play my football and enjoy my football and I'm just glad, after all of that, that I can do that.

"I cannot get my point across. You get people who are so naive they believe everything they read and I cannot have my say because, if I do, I've got to be careful with what I say and I'm not going to say too much about that because it's gone.

"But I think if any Gillingham fan wants to read stuff that's not true then that's up to them and any Gillingham fan who believes I've done anything wrong, go and ask the manager. One, have I done anything wrong? And two, have I left on good terms? He'll tell you he's got a lot of time for me and I've gone with his blessing.

"That should clear it up for anyone. They should believe their manager rather than any local paper. It's gone now, I've perhaps had my say there."

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