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A Look At Rhys Bennett's First Spell

30 January 2023

Club News

A Look At Rhys Bennett's First Spell

30 January 2023

As announced on Saturday, Rhys Bennett has rejoined Dale for the remainder of the current campaign.

The defender returns to the Crown Oil Arena six-and-a-half years after he left the club.

Bennett joined in the summer of 2012 and spent four seasons with Dale, making 129 appearances, which included some memorable highlights.


Following his release from Bolton Wanderers, where Bennett had risen through the youth ranks, then Dale boss John Coleman snapped up the 20-year-old on an initial one-year deal.

He made his Dale debut in an EFL Trophy tie against Fleetwood Town at the beginning of September, making his league debut ten days later in a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.

Bennett became a regular in the side and scored his first goal for the club in December against York City, slaloming through the visiting defence from the halfway line and finishing calmly.

Following the dismissal of John Coleman in January, Keith Hill returned to manage the club and Bennett would keep his place in the side, before an injury in a game at Bristol Rovers in March meant he missed the remainder of the campaign, having made 37 appearances.



The following campaign would prove to be a memorable one, as Dale achieved promotion back to League One.

Bennett featured in a number of positions throughout the season, making 25 appearances in all competitions.

He played the full 90 minutes in our FA Cup third round victory over Leeds United, as well as in the game which secured our promotion, a 2-0 win at home to Cheltenham Town.


Bennett’s most consistent run of appearances came in the 2014/15 campaign, when he played 46 times across all competitions.

He primarily featured in a defensive midfield role through the season, as Dale finished just two places and six points outside the playoff places.

Another key part of a run to the fourth round of the FA Cup, Bennett scored a late consolation in our exit to Stoke City, as well as notching twice in the league.



The final season of his first spell at the club was hit by injury, limiting Bennett to just 21 appearances in all competitions.

He still helped Dale to a tenth place finish, just five points off the playoff places, in League One.

Bennett also bagged his sixth and seventh goals for Dale, making his final appearance as a late substitute in a 3-0 win over local rivals Bury.

Following his release at the end of the season, he would go on to join League Two side Mansfield Town.


How would you like to sponsor Rhys for the remainder of the season? For just £250 (+VAT), you will get:

  • His signed, match-worn shirt presented to you at the end of the season;
  • Your company logo on the Player Sponsor's Page on our official website and in our matchday programme;
  • Two hospitality tickets to a game of your choice (subject to availability);
  • Your logo will appear on our social media and scoreboard during team announcements.

Interested? Please get in touch with Matt (


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