Rooney Remains

TEENAGE Argyle striker Louis Rooney wants to forget his memorable debut after signing a new deal with the Pilgrims.

Louis, 19, helped the Pilgrims to a 5-0 victory over Hartlepool United late last season by scoring twice on his Argyle debut, announcing his presence on the big stage with a stunning 25-yard volley.

It was his only appearance in his first year as a professional at Home Park and it has given him the taste for more.

“It was an absolute dream – one of the best feelings I’ll ever get,” said the Northern Ireland Under-19 international, on what may well be his last comment on his first game. 

“As a striker, goals give you confidence, that’s what you base your game on, and I was happy with my performance – just to show I could handle it – but to get the two goals was a bonus and it left me flying with confidence.

“Hopefully, now I’ve proven myself, I can do a bit more of that next year. What has happened has happened – I have got to move on, keep playing, get more game-time and show more and more what I can do to fight for a position in the team.”

Prior to his debut, former Torpoint Community College pupil Louis was an unused substitute in 22 of the Pilgrims’ 45 matches but his watching brief provided a valuable education.

He said: “It gave me the experience of seeing things from a different view and, obviously, with that experience, I knew the game was going to be stronger and quicker and I would have to adapt to that.

“Proving a point is exactly what I wanted to do, especially as a young player; showing what I can do on and off the pitch.”