Agents Proactive to appeal over £4.3m Wayne Rooney claim

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Sports management firm Proactive has won permission to appeal their case against Wayne Rooney, in which they lost a £4.3million claim against the England international.

The firm tried to sue Rooney last year for unclaimed permission for deals agreed while the player was playing for Everton.

The company had a contract in place, which made Rooney pay them 20% commission but the court ruled it was unenforceable.

The court in Manchester originally said that an eight-year-contract (which Rooney had signed while playing for Everton) was “an unreasonable restraint” of his trade, especially given the FA’s recommendation of two years.

The High Court in London have opened the door for an appeal however.

Lord Justice Ward said Proactive did have a prospect of success in its arguments over Rooney’s contract.

He added: “The mere fact that this was a claim for millions of pounds is almost in itself a compelling reason to give permission to appeal.”

Proactive’s founder Paul Stretford left the firm in 2008 and took Rooney with him, citing “huge and irreconcilable differences”

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