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Last Updated: Monday, 12 May, 2003, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Rovers land Hodges
Rochdale midfielder Lee Hodges has agreed a permanent move to Bristol Rovers.

Hodges spent the final two months of the season on loan at the Memorial Ground.

I'm sure that he will be a major asset and I'm delighted that he's agreed to join us
Rovers boss Ray Graydon

And after helping the Pirates stay in the Third Division, the 25-year-old former Scunthorpe and West Ham player will sign on a free transfer, subject to passing a medical.

"He is a great player and has been a real plus for us since he's been here," Rovers boss Ray Graydon told the club's website.

"I'm sure that he will be a major asset and I'm delighted that he's agreed to join us."

The move ends an unhappy stay at Rochdale, where Hodges started just four games following his signing from Scunthorpe last summer.

He will be joined at Bristol next season by former Birmingham City defender Sonny Parker, who has a agreed a new two-year deal with Rovers.

Meanwhile, Dale have released midfielder Michael Oliver, and goalkeepers Neil Bennett and John Baker, while veteran former Leeds, Manchester City and Oldham defender Richard Jobson has retired from playing.



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