Craig Lynch: Rochdale sign ex-Sunderland striker

Craig Lynch

League Two promotion chasers Rochdale have signed former Sunderland striker Craig Lynch on non-contract terms.

The 21-year-old was released by the Black Cats in January after two outings as a substitute for the Premier League club during the 2010-11 season.

"He's got a good pedigree after coming through a top-class academy at Sunderland," Dale's assistant manager Chris Beech told the club website.external-link

Rochdale, who are fourth in the table, host Burton Albion on Tuesday.

But Beech has warned that Lynch is unlikely to make an immediate impression at Spotland, adding: "Craig has an understanding, as we do, that he has got to get up to Rochdale tempo and that is going to take him three to four weeks.

"From a supporters' point of view, I'd just ask for a little bit of patience because they might not get to know him quite so soon."