Hill’s delight as Henderson stays
ROCHDALE manager Keith Hill believes keeping hold of Ian Henderson is one of the best bits of business that a club has conducted in recent times.
Henderson has consistently put in a number of high-level performances for Dale in recent years, leading to him attracting the attention of a number of clubs.
Dale have been able to fight off that interest though and ensure that Henderson remains at the Crown Oil Arena after he signed a new deal until 2020.
Hill is delighted to be keeping the 32-year-old at the club, and feels it will go a long way into helping the club through the rest of the campaign.
“If you take away the Premier League and the Championship, it’s probably the best bit of business that you’ll see over two or three transfer windows, retaining Ian Henderson,” he said.
“We are a minor League One side so it will get lost in the wash, but the importance for is massive because he is a soldier of the way I do things, a leader by example and he’ll play in any position.
“I need his support in the dressing room of the methodology that we use at this club, he is a preacher and an example leader.
“It’s great business from a small League One club to secure a very sought-after League One player.
“It’s not something I insisted on, but we got into a position with Matty Lund last season where there was a bit of confusion, a bit of he said, she said. I didn’t want to get there with Ian Henderson, so I went to the board and we put the proposal to Ian and he wanted to support me while I was at the football club. For me, he goes into the same echelons at this club as Gary Jones - previous captain, leader by example, very demanding on the field, a special player for this club. The best thing about it is the fact the board have supported me in what I wanted to do to secure the League One status of the club.”