JOHN ROONEY has left Wrexham and joined fellow National League side Guiseley on-loan until the rest of the season.
Rooney, the Reds' 11-goal leading scorer, was one start away from activating a contract extension and had been in negotiations with Wrexham boss Dean Keates over the past fortnight after being named on the substitutes bench for the last three games.
But although both parties settled on a figure and a contract for next season was agreed, Rooney is believed to have asked for more money and Keates was not willing to pay the midfielder any more.
Rooney, who joined Wrexham from arch rivals Chester last summer, won the National League player of the month for January after a series of match-winning performances, and now joins the Lions, who will be taking over his contract.
“We have been in negotiations, we have tried to get it sorted, and in the end we gave him what he wanted,” said Keates.
“We got the contract written up and then the goalposts moved a little bit, and he asked for more. It was a case of we were not going to be held over a barrel.
“I am disappointed that we couldn’t come to some sort of agreement, the contract was there for him for next season, but it is football and it happens.
“Guiseley offered to take over his contract so it is money that I am not going to carry forward and it is something I can add onto next season’s money.”
Rooney tweeted on Tuesday morning: "To all Wrexham fans, it saddens me to say I will be leaving the club with immediate affect.
"It was a pleasure to play for such a magnificent club and the fans have been great with me, but I've been put in an impossible position with the contract situation and decided to move on."