Keith Hill: Rochdale manager signs five-year deal at League One side

Keith Hill
Rochdale have finished top 10 in each of the past three League One seasons

Manager Keith Hill has signed a new five-year contract with League One side Rochdale, which will expire in the summer of 2022.

Hill is in his second spell as Dale boss, having returned after an 18-month spell at Barnsley in January 2013, and has taken charge of 466 games.

His side just missed out on the League One play-offs this season, finishing ninth, four points off the top six.

"We've been very successful as a partnership," Hill said.

"I didn't see any reason why that partnership shouldn't continue."

Chairman Chris Dunphy added: "Keith has brought nothing but success to the club and we've continued to go from strength to strength during his time here."

New deal for full-back

Joe Rafferty
Joe Rafferty joined Rochdale in 2012

Meanwhile, full-back Joe Rafferty has signed a two-year deal, on the back of a supporters' player of the year award for 2016-17.

Rafferty, 23, joined Dale from Liverpool in 2012 and has played 179 games since, scoring three goals.

He was a regular under Hill in 2016-17, making 50 appearances in all competitions.

"I wanted to stay because I'm happy here, and I want to achieve more with this club," Rafferty told the club website.

"We've achieved something different every year that I've been here and I want to keep on achieving."

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