Martyn Ridyard joins Rochdale on loan

Rochdale have announced the loan signing of Leigh half-back Martyn Ridyard.

Ridyard, 33, became only the third player in history to score 2,000 points for Leigh, and has scored 80 tries in over 250 appearances for the club.

He returned to Leigh from Featherstone last season, and helped the club secure a top-five finish, passing a century of goals for the sixth season in his career.

Incoming chairman Andy Mazey said: “It’s no secret that Matt Calland has been keen to bring in an experienced half-back and we have been scouring the market for some time. I’m therefore delighted to secure Martyn’s services, a player who was right at the top of Matt’s wish list.

“The last high profile half-back with a phenomenal points scoring record form Leigh I remember representing Hornets with distinction was none other than the great John Woods. I believe this move demonstrates our ambition to build on the positive vibes around the club and town at the moment and should hopefully help get some bums on seats and excite our fans.

“Martyn has consistently been the best half-back in the Championship for the past ten years, so it’s a huge boost to have him with us as we prepare to launch our League One campaign.”

The club have also announced the loan signing of youngster Brad Holroyd.

On the two new additions, head coach Matt Calland said: “We have been looking for a quality half-back for some time now and to get Martyn Ridyard is a real coup for the club.

“I am also delighted to bring in young prospect Brad Holroyd.

“Massive credit must go to Andy Mazey for sorting this deal out.”

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