Manager Keith Hill has explained how he managed to capture the signature of Grant Holt until the end of the season.
Holt returned to the club on Thursday afternoon, ten years after he left Dale for Nottingham Forest.
Hill admits he didn’t think a move for the 34-year-old would be feasible and says he’s delighted to get the deal done.
He told Dale PlayerHD: “I didn’t think it was possible or feasible.
“To be honest with you, two seasons ago when we played Wigan in a pre-season friendly I asked Uwe Rosler, the then Wigan manager, if we could take him. I got a wry smile and a ‘how much can you offer’. When we told him how much we could offer it was obvious it wasn’t going to get done,” laughed Hill.
He continued: “He then became available after coming to a conclusion on his contract at Wigan and I wanted to make contact with him. I thought I was going to be chasing the dreams and waterfalls again because there would be a pecking order and I’d have see how the land lies.
“I got in touch with him after Saturday’s game against Millwall, because as well as Calvin getting injured, I still thought we needed another one, and it’s lead from there.”
He added: “He wanted to come back. He wanted to come back to start enjoying his football and playing football.
“I think it’s a good signing for the football club and I’m glad that it has not only generated a lot of interest but that it has made a lot of Dale fans happy.
“I’m pleased that we got the deal done. He wants to play football, which is brilliant.
“He’s a good player and he has been a massive player for Rochdale Football Club, as well as every club he has played for.
“I’m looking forward to working with him and I’m sure the players will get a stimulus from him as well.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.