Star­let is left out in cold af­ter Dale de­but

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL MOXLEY

DANIEL Ad­shead be­came the youngest player in Rochdale’s his­tory last week – but wasn’t al­lowed to get changed with his team-mates.

The Manchester school­boy was part of the Dale side that beat Bury in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy, mak­ing his de­but at just 16 years and 17 days old.

But due to child pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions he had to wait un­til an hour af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle be­fore get­ting out of his kit.

Ad­shead was given use of the room used by the match of­fi­cials – but only af­ter they had fin­ished with it.

So while his col­leagues cel­e­brated vic­tory in the vis­i­tors’ chang­ing room, the young­ster was left out­side.

It is un­der­stood that Ad­shead changed on his own be­fore kick-off. There is no sug­ges­tion ei­ther club has done any­thing but abide by cur­rent pro­ce­dures re­gard­ing the safe­guard­ing of mi­nors.

A bright fu­ture for the mid­fielder has been pre­dicted since the age of 14 when he first started train­ing with the first­team dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Dur­ing term-time he is only al­lowed to prac­tice with them on Thurs­day evenings.

He is in the fi­nal year of his stud­ies at Wright Robin­son Col­lege in Gor­ton – the same school at­tended by exManch­ester United leg­end and for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Nicky Butt.

Man­ager Keith Hill said af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle: “I al­ways in­tended to re­ward Dan for what I believe he can be­come and for what he’s do­ing now be­cause he de­serves it.”

Ad­shead, who al­ready stands at over 6ft tall, has been on the radar of the big clubs since he at­tracted at­ten­tion with his pro­mo­tion to join in with Rochdale’s first­team.

The Premier League’s top sides – from Manchester City and Manchester United to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liver­pool, Spurs and Everton – have all been to watch the young­ster.

Euro­pean giants Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich have also been watch­ing the player over the last two years, and are also ex­pected to join the bat­tle for his ser­vices.

How­ever, Ad­shead is not due to leave school un­til next May – af­ter which he is ex­pected to move on

Judg­ing by his progress so far, he clearly will not be short of op­tions with Dale braced for nu­mer­ous ap­proaches.

●●Daniel Ad­shead be­came Dale’s youngest ever player – but couldn’t change with his team­mates

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