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Niall Canavan On His First Few Days At Rochdale

19 February 2016

Niall Canavan has told Dale PlayerHD that it was pleasing to go straight into the squad for Tuesday night’s League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra at Spotland.

The 24-year-old defender joined Rochdale on loan on Monday afternoon and was named on the bench for the match.

He said: “It was a bit of a surprise to be on the bench but I was glad to be involved and to get a taste of the routines here. It was a good experience.”

He continued: “I’m pleased to be here. It’s nice to have a manager who wants you to come and play for him. I’m looking to play football because that's what I haven’t been doing. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting out there and playing well for Rochdale.”

And Canavan says familiar faces have helped him settle in quickly.

“There a few ex-Scunny connections. I travelled in with Dave [Syers] at Scunthorpe so he’s a familiar face and I’ve known Josh [Lillis] since I was 14 so there are a couple of boys that I’ve known for a long time. That definitely helps you find your feet a bit quicker.

“Dave’s notoriously bad for wanting people in the car school to save him a few quid so it was the first thing he was on to me about [when I joined Rochdale]," laughed Canavan.

“I’ve been coming in with [him and Peter Vincenti]. And while we’re travelling to Manchester we’re meeting Josh on the way as well, so even in the mornings there are familiar faces.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD. 

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