Date: 3rd February 2015 at 6:55pm
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Ahead of the closure of the January transfer window last night, Rochdale confirmed that Matty Done had made the move to Sheffield United.

The 26 year old was in his second spell at Spotland and he has moved for an officially undisclosed fee.

Having first arrived at the club back in 2010, he moved on to Barnsley a year later and after two years with them, he returned to Spotland back in 2013.

He leaves us the second time having added a further 60 starting appearances to his tally, and 14 substitute appearances – to his previous record of 17 starts and 19 subs. Both times with us he has scored a total of 20 times.

He also signed a new two year deal last May.

Responding to his transfer, manager Keith Hill explained to the Official Site.

‘Matty has had a hell of a time at the club. He helped us get promoted, albeit in a different position, and has been magnificent since we moved him to a number 9/11 position. He has been magnificent, not only as a team player, but with his goal scoring aspects as well, but I believe we’ve struck the right balance by doing this deal. This is massive success for the club and no one should be blamed and the finger shouldn’t be pointed – this is really, really good business for the club.’

With an obvious sadness at his departure, Hill admitted we had turned down previous bids from United for him earlier in the season, but also the club have pre-empted any departure with the arrivals of Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Febian Brandy, but the gaffer is also delighted to see Joel Logan, Callum Camps and Joe Bunney stepping up as well, so he feels we are well covered and he knows once it was something Matty wanted to explore, we couldn’t hold him back based purely on the financials.

‘Myself and my staff are witnessing what’s happening on the training pitch and when players are getting ready, which is why we’ve reluctantly accepted the bid. Although he will be sorely missed, I feel as though we’ve done the correct thing for Matty as well from the moral stance. I would like to place on record my thanks to Matty and wish him all the best for the future.’

Done himself said once the deal has been done, that he’d loved every minute at the club and whilst it was a tough decision, it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

‘I’ve loved every minute at this club and I’ve loved working with the gaffer and the lads, but I felt at my age that I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go and play for a club the size of Sheffield United. It was a hard decision to make but I thought the timing was right.’

Done adds that people were telling him to wait until the summer, but he knows in football a door doesn’t always stay open and things don’t always return and work out for the best, so he had to grab the opportunity with both hands and it was a deal he couldn’t ‘turn down.’

‘I’d like to thank every single one of the fans. I’ve had messages non stop, to wish me all the best – it has been overwhelming. Being at Rochdale has been the best time in my career without a doubt. Hopefully it leaves the door open for me to one day coming back.’