DESPITE being on loan to a club nearly 400 miles from Plymouth, Louis Rooney could still be Argyle’s title-winning hero.
Rooney is currently on-loan at relegation threatened Hartlepool United and has endured a frustrating time since joining the North East side. He has played just seven times for Pools – three times as a starter.
With huge matches still to be played in Sky Bet League Two, Rooney will be hoping he can give his current club and parent club something to celebrate, when Pools take on league leaders Doncaster Rovers in two weeks time, on the final day of the season.
Adams said: “It could change very much for him; what if he scores the winning goal to keep Hartlepool in the league and gain Plymouth the title?
“I said hopefully he would get ten starts, that hasn’t been the case and it hasn’t worked out as well we would have hoped. It is [disappointing] but there’s nothing I can do about that.
“He’s been involved with the first team more than he’s been involved here. He’s been on the bench but he hasn’t had a run of games as I’d hoped he would have.
“It was a good opportunity for him to go to League Two and try and get a game.
“If you’re going to be a professional footballer, you need to see both sides of football.
“You don’t necessarily want to but it does give you an appreciation of what it is like to be at the top of the league and at the bottom. They are two different situations to be in.
“I’ve spoken to Dave Jones as well to find out his progress and they’ve got two very big games so we will allow that to finish and I’ll speak to Louis after that.”
Another squad member to have featured little for the Pilgrims has been third-choice goalkeeper Marc McCallum. McCallum is yet to feature for the Pilgrims in League Two this season, although he has featured in the Checkatrade Trophy, and has appeared for Argyle’s development side on occasions.
Despite Marc’s lack of involvement, Adams had nothing but praise for his fellow Scotsman,
“He’s been an absolute outstanding professional,” said Derek. “He trains well, the two of them do, him and Vincent Dorel.
“They’ve travelled with the team up and down the country. They have been part of the squad throughout the time and he’s a very good character, along with Vincent.
“We’ve got a lot of distances to travel so we just have to be sure we are covered because we can’t get a goalkeeper from here up to an away venue very quickly.
“He’s learning and he’s improved a lot since coming to the football club. He’s enjoyed the experience of being with a promotion-winning side and that will benefit him from years to come.”