Dale boss Brian Barry-Murphy has given his thoughts on Dan Adshead’s transfer to Premier League club Norwich City.
The 17-year-old completed a move to the newly promoted top-flight club on Tuesday, and the Dale boss says it is a reward for the youngster’s efforts.
“For Dan to come right through our Academy system and progress into the first-team environment is superb,” said Barry-Murphy.
“The move is a reward for his hard work and amazing attitude during his time at the Club.
“I’ve got to know Dan and his family over a period of time. They’re amazing people and its humbling to be connected to them. The way Dan approaches every challenge he faces is something everyone, including myself, can learn from.
“It also represents an excellent deal for the Football Club. When a Club comes in for one of our players, they have to do so with an offer that reflects the qualities of that player, which is something Norwich have done with Dan.
“If Dan goes on to fulfil the vision that we’ve had for him for a very long time, then it will be hugely rewarding for the Club over a period of time.
“It’s a mode of business that has worked well for us in the past and one that we continue we’ll be rewarded even further, so it’s a good deal for the Football Club.
“What we’re immensely proud of is that, as a Club, we want to be something different. We want to bring through our own players, and provide a platform for players who aren’t going to the Manchester City’s or Manchester United’s of this World.
“When that opportunity does come, we won’t stand in their way, but as a Club we won’t be walked over or taken for granted, and Norwich have recognised that. It’s a very, very good deal for us as a Football Club and Dan as a player.
“It’s a huge reward for the work that Tony Ellis and all the staff have done at Academy level. They’re the ones that go unnoticed a lot of the time.
“Players like Dan come through to the first team and we tend to get the plaudits. But it’s testament to all the staff to bring through one of their own. It shows the Club in a great light and it’s a very proud day.
“We’d like to wish Dan all the best for the future and will be keeping a keen eye on his progress at Norwich.”