Date: 30th November 2015 at 4:12pm
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On emergency loan deadline day on Friday, manager Keith Hill added Blackburn Rovers midfielder John O’Sullivan to our ranks.

The 22 year old comes to us on a spell from the Championship side that will last until January 3, and he comes in with some experience under his belt having progressed through their youth Academy as he’s not only got five Blackburn appearances under his belt, he also has had spells out on loan with Southport, Accrington Stanley and Barnsley.

At Oakwell last season, he made eight appearances and on his return he got two Blackburn showings under his belt on the back of that.

He’s also been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level, but in terms of club football he’s already built up a career record of 44 starts, with a further five from the bench and a return of seven goals.

Coming in on Friday he made his Rochdale debut in the game against Port Vale at the weekend, but speaking just prior to the match manager Keith Hill explained how the deal came about to the Official Site.

It wasn’t the first time we’d been in for the player apparently although his name doesn’t ring a bell with me.

‘I obviously had a good relationship with Gary Bowyer and with previous business, especially with Jack O`Connell, there are a few players at Blackburn that I’ve got a keen interest for the future. I tried to get John earlier in the season. There were a few clubs trying to recruit John before Thursday`s deadline but he`s a player that I was chasing.’

Football’s who you know helped.

‘Once Paul Lambert and Alan Irvine, who is an ex-team mate of mine, had taken over, I got in touch with him and he said there was a possibility that he would be allowed to come out on loan. It happened pretty quickly after that. I spoke to John and he expressed an interest to come to us and the management team at Blackburn wanted him to come to Rochdale to play games.’

Hill admits he’s been impressed with what he’s seen so far, and as well as adding quality to our ranks, his versatility offers up options.

‘I`m glad I`ve recruited him. He`s a good player and he`s an attacking player who can play anywhere along the front line or as an offensive midfield player, so I`m really pleased to have recruited him. I`ve got a design for him and know what we want him to do. I just hope that the supporters support him and I`m sure he`ll enjoy his time here.’

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