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It Was A No Brainer To Re-Sign - Dooley

21 February 2020

Stephen Dooley said it was a no brainer to sign a contract extension with the Club.

The 28-year-old put pen-to-paper on a one-year extension on Thursday, keeping him at the Crown Oil Arena until the summer of 2021.

Dooley says he has enjoyed his time at Dale so far and is happy for commit for another season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my two years here so far,” he said.

“I like it here. I like the way we play, I like the players, it’s a good area and everyone at Rochdale has been good to me.

“When I was offered the chance to resign, it was a no brainer.

“We’ve been unlucky this year but hopefully the rest of this year and next year we can kick on and start to climb the table. I’m really looking forward to it.

“I always wanted to test myself in the English Football League and to be able to play in League One, which is a good standard. There are a lot of good teams in the league.

“To be here for two years, do okay and get offered another year, is great.”

The Northern Irishman says the team spirit amongst the players is high and that he is enjoying working under Brian Barry-Murphy and the coaching staff.

“There are no big egos in the team. Everyone plays for each other and for the coaching staff.

“Everyone works hard in training and we go out on a Saturday to try and win the game. There’s a really close-knit unit here.

“Brian is one of the big reasons I’m here. He was able to get me in here with his Cork connection. I’m always really appreciative of what Brian has done for me.

“The staff have been great and really helpful. They do all they can for you to help you become a better player and athlete. Everyone is in it together and it’s been a good year.”

Dooley has made 27 appearances so far this campaign, despite missing over two months from injury, and has been a regular starter since his return to fitness.

“At the start of the year I was feeling really good. I had a good pre-season and I was one of the fitter ones. I was sharp and I was feeling back to where I wanted to be at.

“It was a stupid tackle by myself in that Bolton game and there was only myself to blame! That put me out for a bit and it’s taken me a bit of time to get up to speed since I came back.

“I’ve never known a squad so decimated by injuries. We’ve been very unlucky in that regard this year but to be fair to the lads that have played, they’ve got on with it and haven’t complained at all.

“I feel like I’m back to full fitness now and I feel good. Hopefully I can kick on and get some more games in the run-in to the end of the season and hopefully I can do well.”

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