Rathbone commits future to Rochdale

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Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy believes tying down Ollie Rathbone to a new three-year contract is a statement of intent by the club.

Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy believes tying down Ollie Rathbone to a new three-year contract is a statement of intent by the club.

The 22-year-old, out of contract this summer having arrived from Manchester United in June 2016, had made over 100 appearances for the club.

‘Ollie is a great signing for us.

He is going to be an extremely valuable asset to the club,’ Barry-Murphy told rochdaleafc.co.uk.

‘He’s someone who had a lot of suitors outside of the club, so the fact that he has committed to what we want to try and do is exciting.

‘It’s a sign of what we’re trying to do this season.

‘ Rathbone was grateful to the faith shown in him by Dale.

‘I’m very humbled to have been offered a three-year-deal – it means a lot to me,’ he said.

‘I’ve made so many brilliant memories with this club and I’m really looking forward to adding many more to ones that I’ve already got.

‘It’s an exciting chapter for the football club, so I’m really looking forward to getting going when pre-season starts later this week.’

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