De­fender urged to im­prove his game


ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill says Har­ri­son McGa­hey has to be smarter with some of his de­ci­sion mak­ing on the pitch if he is to make it to the top.

The 22-year-old joined Dale in 2016, hav­ing pre­vi­ously had youth spells at the likes of Liver­pool, Black­burn Rovers and Black­pool.

There have been glimpses of bril­liance from the de­fender at some points through­out his Rochdale ca­reer, but Hill in­sists that he still needs to im­prove cer­tain ar­eas if he is to ful­fil his po­ten­tial.

“A cen­tral de­fender’s job is not 99.9 per cent con­cen­tra­tion, it’s 100 per cent con­cen­tra­tion,” he said. “Har­ri­son McGa­hey has got the phys­i­cal at­tributes of a Premier League player, but the brain game has got to be trained bet­ter. He’s got to be­come more pro­fes­sional and the last game was prob­a­bly his best per­for­mance in the last four.

“Fleet­wood and Northamp­ton were far be­low the stan­dard I ex­pect from any cen­tral de­fender. He looks very pleas­ing on the eye be­cause he does every­thing quick.

“He is capable, if he puts it all to­gether, of play­ing at a very high stan­dard, but me be­ing a cen­tral de­fender, I see his weak­nesses a lot clearer than other peo­ple.”

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