Manager Brian Barry-Murphy spoke to www.rochdaleafc.co.uk after the transfer window closed at 5pm…
“I was hoping for a quiet day because our work had already been done and our main concern was to prioritise the players that we have in the building,” said BBM.
“Players have shown great commitment to us, and that, coupled by the great backing of the Board in supporting us in our plan, we have managed to retain all of our players with the exception of Ryan Delaney, of course, who has gone out on loan to aid his development. I was hoping for a quiet day and it has materialised that way, which is exactly what I wanted.
“We plan for all eventualities and we had plans in place in case anything unexpected happened to our own squad. We are working with a squad that we’re very happy with and that’s what I wanted to focus on. We’re very much of the belief that we have been working with this group of players over a period of time and these are the players that we very much want in our dressing room.
“If we were to have brought someone else in, we would have been adding to the squad for the sake of it. We have a squad of players that we believe is very dedicated and is growing stronger together.
“We had in place specific targets over the summer and we managed to acquire those. The only way things would have changed towards the end of the window would have been if we had lost any players. Like I said, we were always monitoring the situation in case that happened, but that hasn’t materialised.
“This season has very much been about quality over quantity in terms of our playing squad, and that has been our plan. We’re happy with the business that we’ve done and we are very excited to work with this group of players. The next stop off is January, and we’re keen to progress as a group until then."