Non-League Salford City Are Doing A Madness In This Transfer Window
No non league football club has ever had as much focus on it as Salford City but that might soon not be the case, only because the way they're going they could soon be a League Two side.
In the early rounds of the FA Cup there's nothing the BBC like more than putting on a Salford City game live on television and that's because the non league club are one of the biggest stories around.
The non league club were bought by Manchester United's 'Class of 92' in 2014 and ever since then there has been a lot of media attention on the non league side.
In the past four seasons they have been promoted three times and last seasons promotion meant that next term they'll be playing in the National League, just one rung below League Two on the English football ladder.
Clearly the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and majority shareholder Peter Lim are pretty desperate to make it to the Football League and their transfer activity suggests so.
This morning Salford confirmed the signing of striker Adam Rooney from Aberdeen. The club finished second in the SPFL last season, are due to play Burnley in the Europa League and Rooney played with them in Europe for two games last season.
Striker @17AdamRooney has joined Salford City on a three-year-deal from SPL side Aberdeen!
:point_right: https://t.co/aQnzjhgtdL#WeAreSalford :red_circle: pic.twitter.com/R2XMsjf45t
- Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) July 19, 2018
It's an absolutely massive move for The Ammies, and a big drop for Rooney, and continues an incredible summer of transfers where they have been signing players previously playing in the Football League.
Danny Lloyd has already signed from League One Peterborough United. Last season the Posh finished ninth and Lloyd played 31 league games, with the 26 year old scoring eight goals.
Fleetwood Town defender Nathan Pond started 27 League One games last season and has also dropped down two divisions along with fellow former Cod Army player Chris Neal.
After playing in 42 of Bristol Rovers 46 league games last season Rory Gaffney has also taken the two division drop to move to Salford.
Danny Whitehead has also moved from Macclesfield but the fellow north west side are also in the National League.
The transfer business is certainly causing some questions from people on social media:
The quicker they're out this League the better now, ruining non league
- Ben (@Ben_harveyyy) July 19, 2018
National League next season is a joke. Adam Rooney (66 goals in the SPL for Aberdeen since 2014) joining Salford City on a reported £4,000 a week. What's the fucking point? Basically financial doping.
- Nick Murphy (@NickMurphy1995) July 19, 2018
This is absolutely insane, several clubs nearly went bust in the conference last season and they are splashing out on one of the best strikers in Scottish football, shame on you Salford City. https://t.co/gZJ10oknv5
- Fraser Bell (@fbell14) July 19, 2018
#adamrooney Salford City drew crowds at the same level as Ayr United last season. Doesn't FFP apply in National League?
- David Ross (@RossFootball) July 19, 2018
5k a week adam rooney
3k a week danny lloyd
Salford city are a disgrace.
- james (@smithj3112) July 19, 2018
The move for Rooney, said to be for £300,000, has raised questions from many about the finances in the SPFL if they're being outbid by a non league side, albeit not any normal non league team.
Of course anything other than promotion for Salford would now be disastrous considering the players they've brought in.
Could they go from Northern PL Division One North to League Two in just five years?