Rochdale capture first signing of January transfer window

After three players departed the Crown Oil Arena yesterday (Wednesday 2nd January), Rochdale have started to replace them with the news that they’ve added their first new face of the January transfer window.

21-year old striker Rory Holden has signed a deal at Dale on loan from Championship side Bristol City until the end of the season.

Holden, who made five appearances for Barrow in the National League this season but failed to find the back of the net, joined the Robins for an undisclosed fee from Derry City on transfer deadline day in the summer.

During his time with the League of Ireland Premier Division side he made 16 appearances including in the Europa League.

Speaking to Rochdale’s official website, Holden said: “I’ve been here for a few weeks training with the boys and there is definitely positive vibes coming from training sessions, so I’m excited to have signed on until the end of the season.”

“Playing for Bristol City’s under-23s has benefitted me, but I feel now is the right time to get out on loan.”

“I’m here to give my all, and I’ll do the best I can for the club and the team.

Holden has impressed since arriving at Ashton Gate as part of Bristol City’s under-23s and has been capped by Northern Ireland’s under-21s, being called up to be a part of the squad that had an impressive Euro 2019 qualifying campaign.

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