We can confirm that goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has returned to his parent Club, Middlesbrough.
Josh Lillis is now fully fit, bringing an end to Lonergan’s time at Rochdale.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper arrived at arrived at the Club in February, making seven appearances, and we’d like to place on record our thanks to him for his outstanding service to the Dale cause during his short spell at the Crown Oil Arena. We'd also like to thank Middlesbrough for their cooperation.
Brian Barry-Murphy commented: “Andy made an amazing impact on everybody at the Club, including the the squad and the team, and the supporters have reacted fantastically to his performances.
“I can’t say I was surprised by that, though. I have known him for a long time, since I was at Preston. He was young player when I was there.
“You can tell how good a goalkeeper he has been and still is, and to have him play for us at such a critical period of the season is very rewarding for us.”
He added: “Josh looks great and has been working hard in training, leading up to this moment.
“He has had a similar impact as Andy on our squad, team, supporters and Club over a long-period of time, so everybody is super excited to have him back in the squad.
“Josh has been a great influence on a lot of players, both young and old, during his time at the Club. He brings a different personality to Andy, but it’s also one that can be very beneficial to us as group and me as the one who is leading the group.
“The lads will respond to him and it gives us a all a big lift having him fully fit and ready to go.”
Good luck, Andy!
Watch the full interview on iFollow.