Rochdale sign Joe Rafferty from Liverpool
Rochdale have confirmed the signing of Republic of Ireland under-18 international defender Joseph Rafferty from Liverpool.
18-year-old Rafferty was the captain of Liverpool u18s for the 2011-12 Academy Under 18s season, playing 26 out of 29 academy games as the Reds finished 3rd in the league table. Despite impressing with the underage set-up, he was not awarded a new contract at Anfield and moved to Rochdale on a free transfer.
Capable of playing at right-back, as well as in the centre and in midfield, Rafferty will offer plenty of options at Spotland, with assistant manager Jimmy Bell praising the youngsters versatility: “Joe was captain of the Liverpool youth team and he’s a lad I’ve known since he was six or seven years old. I used to have him as a kid at a couple of kids teams in Liverpool, he went on to get picked up by Liverpool and I have monitored his career. He’ll mature into a centre half but he will be used more as a full back or midfield player this season.”
Rochdale kick off their nPower Football League Two campaign on August 18th against Northampton.