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Good To Be Back - Rodney

7 October 2023


Good To Be Back - Rodney

7 October 2023

Devante Rodney hopes he can play a big part in the next stage of the season, after returning to action on Saturday.

The striker has been missing through illness since the opening day, having suffered from a viral infection.

He made his return in the 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United, assisting Tyrese Sinclair’s 86th minute equaliser.

“It was bittersweet [to be back] really because I felt we did enough to get the three points,” said Rodney.

“It’s always good to come away with something, but I think from those type of games we should be getting all three.

“Credit to Jim and Gibbo [Kevin Gibbins] for bringing me on, because it was a tight game and I’ve only had one session with the team, but I felt I had to reward that and got the assist.”

Dale’s top scorer last season said it has been a frustrating period.

“It’s been a hard six weeks. I’ve been at home and been told I literally can’t do anything – I’ve been in bed for five or six weeks.

“I’ve done some work with Ben [Ekins, Head of Physical Performance] in the last week and felt really sharp, and I felt good when I got out there today.

“Before the first game of the season I wasn’t feeling too great, then after the game the viral infection took the worst kind of turn.

“I had a few complications from it, but I listened to the advice and had to take some time off, but I’m feeling good and ready to go.

“It was frustrating because I had four or five weeks of pre-season and felt good. It was hard to deal with and I was watching the lads from home wanting to be out there, but I’m pleased to be back now and hopefully I can play a big part in the next stage of the season.

“I’m hungry to get back scoring goals, even setting up goals. I want to do as much as I can to help the team.”

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