We’re delighted to announce that Jim McNulty has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
It will see the 36-year-old continue as an important part of Brian Barry-Murphy’s playing squad, whilst also taking on a coaching role within the backroom staff.
The defender has made over 200 appearances for Dale, having been with the club for six seasons.
McNulty says he is excited by the new coaching role and the season ahead.
“I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity,” he said.
“A lot of players at my point may exit the game at this stage or even before now and then look for a position within a coaching structure somewhere, or they go down a different route totally.
“It’s definitely a transition type role for me, where I’m getting experience on the coaching and mentoring side of things with the coaching staff.
“I know a lot of forward-thinking clubs within the game are doing it now. They’re bringing a player-coach on board to integrate Under-23 teams into the first team.
“But I’m still getting to do what I came into the game to do 19 years ago, to play and hopefully get over the line on a Saturday, to still get that winning feeling.
“I’ll still be training as a player every day and still competitively pushing for a place in the team. There is still very much a playing side to my contract. I’m looking to support all of the players and using my experience to help them understand as quickly as possible what the manager and staff want.”