Date of birth
Born: Thetford, 25th January 1985
Ian is a forward who joined Dale on a free transfer in February 2013 after being released by Colchester.
Initially with Norwich, the 32-year-old made almost 80 first team appearances for The Canaries, before joining Northampton in July 2007 following a six-month loan spell at Rotherham.
He remained at Sixfields Stadium for 18 months and then played for Luton and in Turkish football, prior to signing for Colchester in January 2010.
Ian hit 11 goals for The U’s in the 2010/11 campaign, including home and away winners against Dale, and then scored again at the Crown Oil Arena for Colchester in October 2011.
All told he netted 26 times in 130 outings for United, but left the club after manager Joe Dunne oversaw a shake-up of his squad earlier in 2013.
‘Hendo’ was one of the most consistent performers in Dale’s 2013/14 promotion campaign, missing only one game and scoring 11 goals, including several ‘Goal of the Season’ contenders.
He bettered this in League One in 2014/15 with 22 goals as Dale enjoyed their highest-ever league finish.
He delighted Dale fans in October by signing a contract extension which ties him to the club until 2018.