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Veteran Doolan departs Rochdale

John Doolan
Doolan signed for Dale in 2006 (Getty Images)

Veteran midfielder John Doolan has left Rochdale to take up a player-coach role at Blue Square North side Southport.

The 34-year-old, who was signed by previous manager Steve Parkin in 2006, made 90 appearances for Dale, scoring five goals.

"John is a fantastic character and will be missed," Dale boss Keith Hill told the club website.

"He always gave 100% and provided a fantastic example to the young players in the dressing room."

He added: "I cannot speak highly enough of him and I am sure he will make a real success of coaching because he is a natural."

Meanwhile goalkeeper Sam Russell, 25, has agreed terms on a new contract.

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