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Round Up: Joel Logan & John O’Sullivan

8 January 2016

Assistant Manager Chris Beech spoke to Dale PlayerHD about Joel Logan’s return to Spotland and John O’Sullivan’s departure.

Logan returned to the club this week following the conclusion of his loan spell at National League side Wrexham and Beech says he’s trained with the first team this week as they assess his development.

“Joel has told me that he has learnt a lot. He didn’t manage to get on the pitch as much as he and we would have liked, but he feels as though the experience has been a good one.

“We’ll see [whether or not he’ll go back out on loan]. 

“Players pick teams and players create their own futures, depending on what they put down and how they do it in terms of their actions rather than words. It also depends on our reaction in terms of whether it’s supported with contracts or progressive contracts. Some players, unfortunately, get released and don’t quite get there.

“That doesn’t mean to say they won’t make it or won't have a career in football, it’s just that their value and what we value at this present time at this football club isn’t being met. 

“Players are in charge of that and they’ve got to make sure that the question doesn’t even need asking and that it’s more of a necessity, so we’ll see what happens with Joel.”

As announced earlier this week, O’Sullivan has now returned to Blackburn Rovers after his loan spell at the club came to an end.

The midfielder made three appearances for Dale during his time at Spotland and had his game time ended by a straight red card.

“Listen, John O’Sullivan is a good football player,” said Beech.

“When we took him on loan, it was one of the most active types of support that I’ve had from other coaches and managers who were saying you’ve got a good player there. There was almost a tinge of jealousy, but it just didn’t work out for him.

“In his first game, he was over excited and was chasing that ball around like he was a dog and we had to take him off. The Bury game passed by and, of course, he got sent off at Swindon – it’s just one of those things.

“It isn’t because his attitude was poor or because he’s a bad lad, he isn’t. He’s a good football player and I’m sure he’ll progress in his next opportunity. Are we keeping an eye on him? Of course we are, we keep an eye on as many players as we possibly can who we feel would improve us. 

“I’m not too sure where John will feel his next move is but he’s not available for us this Saturday because he isn’t here.”

The full interview is available to view on Dale PlayerHD. 

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