Rochdale Secure Midfield Boost

Rochdale have completed the signing of midfielder Harvey Gilmour from fellow National League side Halifax Town, as confirmed via statement on the clubs website.

The 24-year-old has brought an end to his two season stay with the football club, signing a further two-year contract with the relegated League Two side, ahead of the 2023/24 National League season.

Who is Harvey Gilmour?

The midfielder is a product of the Sheffield United academy, as well as having loan spells with Tranmere Rovers, before signing for them permanently in January 2019. He then had a stint with Stockport County, before signing for Halifax Town in July 2021, joining on a free transfer.

Since signing for the club in 2021, Gilmour has been a standout performer for the football club, featuring heavily in both seasons at the side. During the 2022/23 season, the central midfielder made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing a further assist.

The National League awaits

Rochdale will be playing fifth tier football next season, for the first time in 102 years, following their exit from the Football League after a truly disappointing season.

In 46 league games, Rochdale picked up just nine wins, but despite a late turn of form, it wasn’t enough to ensure their safety in the Football League. The club finished in 24th place, eight points from safety.

What’s been said?

Gilmour has been speaking to the clubs website after the deal was announced, stating…

I’ve heard great things from the football club. I’ve played against them before and they’ve got a great following,

I’ve had a conversation with the gaffer, he’s told me how he wants to play and how it fitted me and my style of play. From there it was quite quick with how it happened.”

Writer’s View

The departure of Gilmour is a blow for Halifax Town and he also isn’t the first player to make an exit in recent days, putting further pressure on their recruitment team, ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Rochdale however, need to try and get back into the EFL as soon as possible, and bringing in someone that knows the league well, is definitely a strong start to the transfer window.

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