AARON’S ECSTATIC TO SIGN PRODEAL AT DALE
HOT prospect Aaron Morley couldn’t hide his delight after putting pen to paper on his first professional contract – just days after turning 17.
The first year scholar has impressed at Dale’s academy and earned a first-team debut earlier this season, completing 90 minutes in a 2-1 win against Notts County in the Checkatrade Trophy in early October.
Four days later, the midfielder made his EFL debut, starting in Rochdale’s 3-0 win over Southend United. He has since gone on to make a total of six first team appearances.
Morley, who has signed a deal until the summer of 2019, said: “I love playing football and I love it here at Rochdale. I’m really, really pleased to have signed and to have been given the opportunity to sign a contract for the next couple of years.
“This is a big step in my career and I’m going to continue working hard to keep improving and developing.”
Rochdale boss Keith Hill was just as happy to have secured the services of the talented teenager.
“Aaron has been given an opportunity and he has taken it,” said Hill. “That’s what’s unique about this football club – we give opportunities to young players.
“There was interest in Aaron from other clubs after we played him as a 16year-old, so it’s brilliant that he has committed his future to the club.
“It has been a brilliant season for him so far – he’s learning all the time.
“He has been learning while playing for the first team and the youth team, and his training has been superb. He’s ahead of his years.”
Academy manager Tony Ellis added: “It gives us an enormous sense of pride to see yet another scholar make the transition from our youth team into the first team environment.”
TALENT: Aaron Morley