Wade thrilled to sign pro con­tract with Rochdale

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

ROCHDALE goal­keeper Brad Wade has spo­ken of his hap­pi­ness af­ter sign­ing his first pro­fes­sional con­tract with the club.

The 18-year-old, from Aughton penned a one-year deal at the Crown Oil Arena with the op­tion for a fur­ther 12 months.

“I’m de­lighted,” Wade said. “I’ve been here three years now, so all the hard work I’ve put in dur­ing my time in the Acad­emy and in my schol­ar­ship over the two years has all paid off.”

Rochdale’s youth team were crowned cham­pi­ons of the EFL Youth Al­liance North-West League last sea­son, with Wade play­ing a big part in their suc­cess.

A vet­eran of three FA Youth Cup cam­paigns, the young stop­per be­lieves his de­vel­op­ment has been pal­pa­ble.

“I feel like I’ve re­ally im­proved over the sea­sons I’ve been at Rochdale,” he said. [The youth team] have had a great year this year win­ning the league.

“I feel like I’ve had a re­ally good sea­son.

“It’s been a pos­i­tive year for me com­ing on from my first year to my sec­ond year, I feel like I’ve re­ally de­vel­oped and that’s through pure hard work and lis­ten­ing to the staff.”

Keith Hill, man­ager of Rochdale’s first-team, is also a fan of the goal­keeper, reg­u­larly in­clud­ing the player in his se­nior train­ing ses­sions for the ma­jor­ity of last sea­son.

“It’s re­ally helped me, be­cause I know the standard that the man­ager and the other play­ers expect,” Wade ad­mit­ted.

“The first few weeks I was get­ting used to the pace of the ball which was dif­fi­cult, but I felt like I fit­ted in pretty well and I was glad I was given the op­por­tu­nity to show what I can do.

“I know the stan­dards that are ex­pected, so I know where I’ve got to be and what I need to do, and I’ve been work­ing hard over the off-sea­son to make sure I’m ready to go come pre-sea­son.”

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