Andy Cannon’s appearance in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie was his 100th for the club.
The 21-year-old, who graduated from the Rochdale Academy, made his first team debut back in September 2014.
“I’m pleased to have 100 games under my belt by the age of 21. That was my aim when I got a professional contract, so I’m very happy,” said Cannon.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support during my time at the club, from the staff through to the fans. The support I’ve had from the staff has been brilliant and the fans have been very good to me, so I’ll keep on trying to do well for them.”
What does Cannon remember about his debut away at Leyton Orient?
“I remember that we were down to ten men and were 2-1 down at half-time, and then I came on for the start of the second half. We ended up winning 3-2, so I don’t think my debut could have gone any better!”
Other than his debut, Cannon has a couple of favourite memories from his 100 appearances.
“Sheffield United away last season stands out for me, because it was a brilliant feeling to score. MK Dons away in November 2014 was my first start, so that was big game for me too, but to be honest, I just enjoy playing.”
As a product of Dale’s Academy, he’s delighted to see so many other young players coming through the club’s ranks, and says they’ll be given opportunities if they work hard.
“You’ve got to listen and take on board what the manager says and do what he wants you to do. If you listen and work hard, then you’ll get an opportunity.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.