Rochdale look towards 2016

Rochdale Hornets are now looking to restructure their squad for the 2016 campaign, having failed to reach the League 1 play-offs.

Club chief executive Ryan Bradley is not expecting there to be major changes, but acknowledges that the club needs to improve its playing depth.

“We don’t think major surgery is needed on the playing staff front, but naturally we will have a turn over of players,” he said.

“We haven’t hid the fact that we have put more into the playing side of things than ever before and it hasn’t paid off.

“But Ian Talbot (coach) genuinely believes we are just one or two away from going to that next level.

“We have had loads of players from Championship and League 1 get in touch personally and via agents and there are some good amateur players that deserve a shot as well.

“A few players have already re-signed from this year and the rest have until end of the week really, after that we’ll move elsewhere as we want the squad assembled and ready to go.”

Meanwhile Hornets assistant coach and former player Chris Hough has confirmed that he is stepping away from his role at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

“He’s really struggled to attend training this year with his job,” said Bradley.

“After his length of service to the game and club, he feels he needs to spend time with wife Nicola and his twin boys, and no one can begrudge him that.”

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