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Russell praised by Rochdale boss

Sam Russell
Russell joined the club initially on non-contract terms last season

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has hailed goalkeeper Sam Russell as one of the finest passers in the Football League.

The 25-year-old's distribution was one of the key aspects to Dale's 3-1 win over Barnet last weekend.

Hill told BBC Radio Manchester his goalkeeper was a key reason for his side's unbeaten start to the season.

"He's a bit flamboyant but that's one of the reasons I recruited him. He's probably one of the best passers in the Football League."

He added: "He passes it rather than punting it up. He's a very good football player and very good technically. He wants to perform at a high level and shouldn't be discouraged from that."

see also
Rochdale 3-1 Barnet
16 Aug 08 |  League Two
Rochdale to finalise Jones deal
15 Aug 08 |  Rochdale
Hill aims for repeat of success
18 Aug 08 |  Rochdale
Grimsby 0-0 Rochdale
09 Aug 08 |  League Two
Rochdale 0-0 Oldham
12 Aug 08 |  League Cup
Russell rewarded with Dale deal
31 Dec 07 |  Rochdale

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