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O’Grady To Rochdale – The Right Move?

2 February 2010 by gavh

After securing a loan move to League 2 Rochdale, the switch that Chris O’Grady decided to do was nothing ordinary. O’Grady decided to join local neighbours Rochdale from League 1 side Oldham Athletic. Joining your local rivals is definitely not worth the risk; however we have seen players move to their local rivals in the past, especially involving Birmingham and Aston Villa. Liam Ridgewell decided to switch forces, as well as Craig Gardner who most recently joined Birmingham from Aston Villa.

On the other hand the move involving Chris O’Grady was only of course a loan move, however after settling down at Rochdale this season, the 24 year old striker was able to score 12 league goals in 21 games. After his impressive goalscoring run, three Coca Cola Championship clubs were rumoured to be interested in the former Leicester City striker. It was rumoured that Derby, Peterborough and Scunthorpe were all tracking O’Grady’s services, however thankfully for Rochdale; O’Grady decided to secure a permanent move to the League 2 club on the 14th January 2010. After completing his move to Rochdale, O’Grady stated ” I’m glad to get it over and done with and signed, I just want to get back on the pitch and carry on with what we’re doing.”

O'Grady Featuring For His Former Side Oldham

After securing his permanent deal, it is highly likely that O’Grady will come face to face with his former club Oldham. Rochdale are currently flying high at the top of the League 2 ladder, while Oldham are trying to force their way out of a relegation battle in League 1.  If Rochdale is promoted, and local rivals Oldham stay up, Chris O’Grady could potentially meet his former fans next season.

Before this move came about, O’Grady started his career at Leicester City as he climbed through the youth ranks into the Leicester City first team. O’Grady was given a lifeline by the Leicester City boss at that time, Micky Adams. The striker was handed a debut against Grimsby in April 2003. However while at Leicester, Chris was flogged out on loan twice, once to Notts County and once to Rushden and Diamonds. However as a Leicester fan myself one game will always stand out, the pre-season friendly against Inter Milan, even though Leicester lost the game 2-1, O’Grady netted the Foxes only goal from the penalty spot.  

After leaving Leicester in the year 2007, O’Grady decided to move to Rotherham where he appeared 51 times for the club, scoring thirteen goals in the process. A season later O’Grady then moved to Oldham Athletic, but it was soon rather than later when O’Grady started to become unsettled. In his first ever season with the Latics, O’Grady was sent out on loan to fellow neighbours Bury, also he was sent out on loan to three other different clubs, his current club Rochdale being one of them three teams.

O'Grady Is Now Settled With Rochdale

This season has definitely been a turning point in Chris O’Grady’s footballing career. After featuring for eight different teams before Rochdale, there was probably only one thing on O’Grady’s mind and that was to find a team where he felt most settled. Rochdale has proved to be that all important lifeline, as O’Grady is currently having his most successful season in the English game. The Dale’s number 19 is currently the third highest scorer in league 2 with fifteen goals, one in front of his Rochdale strike partner Chris Dagnall.

Also only a couple of weeks ago, O’Grady was able to net his first ever competitive hat-trick against a struggling Cheltenham side. He also netted a double against Shrewsbury, plus he scored the winning goal against Notts County in November. The striker also scored a double in the 4-0 away win against Bournemouth. O’Grady is a man on form, and he could well end up as the League 2 top scorer this season.

O'Grady Is Currently Rochdale's Top Scorer

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