Date of birth
Born: Sheffield, 12th September 1988
Richard is a goalkeeper who became Dale’s first signing in summer 2022 when he joined the club on a two-year deal after leaving Bradford City.
The 33-year-old has a wealth of experience across the football pyramid and arrived at the Crown Oil Arena having clocked-up over 400 appearances from the Championship through to the National League.
O’Donnell started his professional career at Sheffield Wednesday, where he came through the youth ranks. He played 20 times for The Owls and enjoyed loan spells with the likes of York City, Oldham Athletic and Grimsby Town.
After departing Hillsborough in May 2012, Richard joined Chesterfield, before moves to Walsall and Wigan Athletic followed.
He then secured transfers which commanded fees to two Championship sides - firstly to Bristol City and then to Rotherham United.
From The Millers, O’Donnell joined Northampton Town, before switching to Bradford in the summer of 2018. He left Valley Parade after four years, having made nearly 140 appearances for The Bantams.