Midfielder Andy Cannon’s time at the Crown Oil Arena has come to an end with the 22-year old securing a move to the south coast and Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
Cannon, who graduated to Rochdale’s first team after progressing through their academy, was due to be out of contract at the end of the season.
Speaking after the move, Dale’s manager Keith Hill said: “It’s football and the language we speak, and it’s the business that we do at this football club.”
“Andy has found it difficult for most of this season to be available for selection due to one or two niggling injuries and he hasn’t spent an awful lot of time on the training pitch, but we always knew there was an interest from Portsmouth.”
“When we played them in the league and in the FA Cup, I got a phone call straight after the game from Kenny Jackett [Portsmouth manager] to see if we were willing to do business. I said yes, as long as Portsmouth met the club’s valuation on Andy.”
Would just like to thank everyone at @officiallydale for my 6 and a half years here.. The Manager, Staff, Players.. 👍🏻 & a big shoutout to the fans who have been top 👏🏻 I will never forget my time here and all the best for the rest of the season! ⚽️💙 #RAFC— Andy Cannon (@andycannon96) January 2, 2019
The 22-year old has now completed his move and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park.
Keith Hill continued: “Andy has done brilliantly for us. I remember his debut away at Leyton Orient like it was yesterday – the celebrations after that game were amazing. He burst onto the scene with no fear, and for the remainder of that season when Andy played as an assertive attacking right-back, I thought there were some exceptional performances.”
It’s a great opportunity for him to go to Portsmouth, and that’s what I want as a manager.”