Rams want second look at Rooney

Clough keen to see striker in a game before making a decision

Clough: Continuing to assess Rooney

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Derby County boss Nigel Clough is hoping to take a second look at John Rooney before deciding whether to bid for the Macclesfield Town striker.

Rooney has been training with the Rams this week, but a scheduled outing for the reserves against Sheffield United was postponed due to the weather.

Clough was impressed by the youngster in training, but wants to see Rooney in a match before making a firm decision.

He is hoping Macclesfield will allow the younger brother of Manchester United star Wayne to return to Pride Park next week to be assessed again.

Got something

"Macclesfield are preparing for their game on Saturday and I would have thought John would be in the squad for that. We'll see if we can get him back for the reserve game next Wednesday," Clough told the Derby Evening Telegraph.

"We have to see him in a game now, but he has looked OK in training. We can see he has got something.

"He is only 19, so we will have to assess if he is going to be knocking on the door next season if we take him.

"Is he as good as Ben Pringle and some of the younger players we have got coming through, like Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Connolly?

"We will try to assess that in a game next week."