Familiar face returns to Rochdale’s ranks

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Rochdale’s summer recruitment drive has continued at a pace with the news that a familiar face has returned to the Crown Oil Arena.

21-year old Rekeil Pyke has agreed a season-long loan from Championship side Huddersfield Town.

The move sees for forward link back up with manager Brian Barry-Murphy just a few months after his first loan spell at Dale came to premature end when he returned to his parent club after becoming injured.

Pyke only made six appearances for Rochdale during that time.

The striker came through the youth system at Huddersfield Town, signing his first professional contract at the John Smith Stadium back in 2015.

After that he went out on loan at Colchester United, Port Vale and Wrexham before arriving at Rochdale in January 2019.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Pyke said: “I enjoyed my time here last season. It was a good experience for me and it ended in us staying up in League One. The lads were great with me, so I’m really pleased to be back. 

“I want to hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to the week in Portugal and getting started.”

Manager Brian Barry-Murphy added: “We believe Rekeil adds a different dimension to our attacking play and he has a list of skills and qualities that are unique. We are very happy to have him back. 

“He came back to the club towards the end of last season having had a very bad hamstring injury and his commitment to the cause was amazing, when a lot of players would have been happy to stay at their parent club.

“He showed a huge desire to come back and help us retain our League One status, and it’s that type of attitude and commitment to the club which is imperative when you’re bringing in players from other clubs. It’s important that our players see that type of attitude and commitment because they are excited by that.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room upon his return has been exceptional, which tells you the stature that he holds within our dressing room.”

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