Date: 6th May 2014 at 6:24pm
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Manager Keith Hill has said that now the 2013-14 season has ended successfully with Rochdale gaining promotion to League One, all his thoughts and energies have turned to 2014-15 so we can consolidate our success this campaign by surviving, and hopefully finishing relatively high up the table.

Speaking to the Official Site as our achievement this season fully dawns in and the celebrations have taken over, the gaffer explained.

‘The jigsaw that we had been building was a league two jigsaw, now it’s for league one, but with similar sorts of principles and the identity that we’ve created again. I’m enthusiastic about the future and about taking the majority of this squad to the next phase of our development.’

Hill goes on to say that there certainly won’t be wholescale changes over the summer, it will be subtle tweaks and the addition of further quality as his main aim is to continue developing the group we have, but he knows he can only do that justice by moving sensibly in the transfer market.

He knows this is key because he feels league one is a lot tougher than it was last time we were here and even though sides like Huddersfield, Southampton and Charlton have moved on, we are still playing catch up, but he feels the gap in quality between the league levels is smaller than ever so the game is becoming ‘harder, harder and harder.’

‘I fully expect us to be successful, but we’re going to have to be really patient. We’ve going to have to dig in and it’s feasible to suggest that we’re not going to win as many games, but our aim and our intention is to be successful in league one and that means aiming as high up the league as we possibly can and upsetting a few of the big clubs. It’s going to be a difficult task, but one that we won’t endure – we’ll enjoy it.’

So for the summer it’s preseason plans and recruitment and he’s going to be as relaxed as he can, despite how hard he knows it will be to get the targets and improvements we need, mainly because he really does have faith that most of our team are league one capable already and we ore than have the core and structure to compete and survive – the tinkering however will be the icing on the cake and possibly determine how easily we survive next season in his eyes.

The gaffer is quick to warn fans they will have to be patient and trust him, because for instance he has his eye on a couple of non league players who he feels would bed in nicely at the club and prove themselves in time as being league one quality and he points to Scott Hogan’s development and impact.

‘It’s just a case of enjoying the debate as supporters, enjoying your own declarations and enjoying your own opinions, but ultimately what you’ve done this season is trusted me, my staff and the players. I hope you enjoy your debate over the summer, but trust me, anyone that I do recruit will enhance us next season.’