Rochdale hand Morley long-term deal

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Rochdale have further strengthened their squad with the news that former academy graduate Aaron Morley has agreed a new deal at the Crown Oil Arena.

The 19-year old was due to be out of contract this summer but that has been dismissed after putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal keeping him at the club until the summer of 2022.

Morley first arrived at Rochdale as a member of the club’s under-16 side before making the grade and progressing into the first-team at the age of just 16, he would then go onto sign his first professional deal following his 17th birthday in March 2017.

The midfielder played a pivotal role in the youth side winning the EFL North West Youth Alliance League Title in 2017/2018.

Speaking to the club’s official website Morley, who had attracted the attention of other clubs, said: “It’s great. I’ve been here for four years now and to extend for another three years is just a dream come true.

“Brian Barry-Murphy was a huge factor in me deciding to stay, 100%. I’ve had offers from other Clubs but I wanted to play here. I believe in Brian, I believe he’s going to give me my chance and I just need to take it.

“This next season is a big one for me. I just need to show him [Barry-Murphy] that I can do it, and hopefully by next season I can be a regular starter.”

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