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First Team

Finlay Armstrong Returns

6 June 2024

First Team

Finlay Armstrong Returns

6 June 2024

Rochdale AFC is delighted to announce the signing of Finlay Armstrong.

The full-back will join on a two-year deal following the expiration of his contract at Fleetwood Town.

Armstrong made 13 appearances for Dale last season whilst on loan from the Cod Army and is delighted to be back.

The 21-year-old commented:

“I’m delighted to rejoin the club on a permanent basis after my time here on loan last season.

“I really enjoyed my stint here and everything about the club. From the fanbase, to the group of players, the manager and the backroom staff, it made it an easy decision to return and commit my future here.

“Hopefully we can be a part of something special in the upcoming season and put the club in a place to be back where it belongs.

“It’s a pleasure to be back. Up the Dale!”


Armstrong began his career with Burnley, progressing through their Academy before turning professional in the summer of 2022.

Whilst at Turf Moor, he spent time on loan at Padiham, Clitheroe, FC United and Curzon Ashton, continuously progressing up the non-league ladder.

The Liverpool-born defender joined Fleetwood permanently last summer, making three appearances for their First Team and regularly playing for the Development Squad, before joining Dale on loan in December.

He started nine of his 13 games for McNulty’s side, returning to Fleetwood shortly before the season ended.

Welcome back, Finlay!


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