Hill’s delight as Hen­der­son stays

Rochdale Observer - - NORDEN CRICKET CLUB PICTURE SPECIAL -

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.”

Michal Karpiczenko

●●Ian Hen­der­son

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