Manager Keith Hill has thanked George Donnelly for his contribution to the Dale cause during his time at the club.
Donnelly departed Spotland for Tranmere Rovers on Monday afternoon, completing a permanent move to the League Two side, with Hill wishing him well for the future.
“George has been brilliant for me and I love him to bits, but I recognise that he gets frustrated when he’s not spending time on the pitch as a starter,” Hill told the club’s official website.
“Once the phone call was received from Tranmere over the weekend I thought about it and I thought it would make sense.
“George would probably have spent limited time on the pitch due to the players that I’ve got - Joe Bunney, Calvin Andrew, Jack Muldoon, Shamir Fenelon, Ian Henderson and Matty Done. I’ve got other players that can play in that number 9/10 role too, which I’m really happy about.
“The move made sense for George and he goes with my good will, my best wishes and thanks for what he did last season, especially in what were two of our most important games of the season – Bristol Rovers away and Cheltenham Town at home. I thought George Donnelly was magnificent in helping us secure promotion.”