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Brentford defender Jack O'Connell joins Rochdale on loan

10 February 2015

Young defender makes switch to League One until end of season

Brentford defender Jack O’Connell has joined Rochdale on loan.

The 20-year-old joined The Bees from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee last week.

He has moved to League One Rochdale for the rest of the season, having spent the first half of the campaign there on loan from Blackburn.

The deal includes a clause enabling Brentford to recall the left-sided defender after 28 days.

Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “Jack has been down with us training for the past week and has shown his commitment and his quality,

“There is no doubt Jack has a lot of development left in him.

“I am sure he has a big part to play in the future of Brentford Football Club.”

The tall defender, who can play at left back or centre half, came through the youth ranks at Blackburn and made one appearance for Rovers, in a Capital One Cup tie against Scunthorpe United earlier this season.

He turned professional in the summer of 2012 and had loan spells at Rotherham United and York City during the 2012/13 season before spending the last campaign on loan at Rochdale.

Jack played 38 Sky Bet League Two games for the Greater Manchester outfit as they won promotion, making 45 appearances in all competitions.

He then went back to Rochdale for the first half of the current season and made 17 League One appearances for The Dale, 19 in all competitions, before being recalled at the start of January.

Jack also scored his first professional goals this season, getting three in his 17 league games.

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