Dale stopper signs new deal

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Rochdale goalkeeper Matthew Edwards has signed a six-month extension to his contract at Spotland.

The former Leeds trainee, 19, is eager to repay the faith shown by the club and manager Keith Hill.

Edwards slipped down the pecking order last season following the loan arrivals of Frank Fielding and Tom Heaton with first-choice Kenny Arthur out injured. He told the club's official website: "I'm very pleased to have been offered a new contract and it's just nice to get another chance."

He added: "I would have had the opportunity last season to play too after Kenny picked up his injury and to miss out only added to the frustration.

"Tom and Frankie came in and they were superb for us and even though I was fit I knew I wasn't about to get a game with Kenny also recovered. I suppose from that point on it was about keeping focussed, training hard and see what comes along - there's not much more you can do, but it's behind me now and I'll look forward to the coming season."

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