Rochdale News | Sports News | Fan favorite Ian Henderson returns to Dale

Date published: July 12, 2022

Striker Ian Henderson returned to Dale two years after leaving.

The 37-year-old has signed an initial one-year contract to return to Dale after being released by Salford City in the summer.

Henderson first joined Rochdale in February 2013 and made 343 appearances during his seven-year spell, scoring 126 goals.

He became a fan favorite and was instrumental in the club’s promotion to Ligue 1 and subsequent success. When he left the club in the summer of 2020, he was four goals away from becoming the club’s top scorer.

After putting pen to paper, Henderson commented: “I’m really, really happy to be back here at Rochdale Football Club.

“I’m really looking forward to working under Robbie Stockdale. I see it as a new challenge and working with new people with new ideas. All I can say is I’m really excited to be back. at the football club to help him progress.

“[I met with the manager] last Monday and I really enjoyed spending my time with him and hearing his ideas and his philosophy, and how he wants to take his team and his football club forward in the next season. I was excited about this opportunity.

Ian Henderson

“Things have progressed in such a short time, to the point that eight days later I’m sitting here. What Robbie said and the goals and objectives of the football club was so appealing to me that I wanted to come back.

“There are [also] a little [of unfinished business] remains to be done. First and foremost I want to help the team and secondly I want to break this [goals] registration. It’s been there for a long time and I think I owe it to myself and the fans to be part of the history of our time.

“It feels good and I feel really happy to be back here. All I want to do is help this football club to improve.

Manager Robbie Stockdale added: “We are delighted to have someone with Ian’s abilities.

“His experience will help other strikers and I think that’s really key, so I’m really happy to bring him in.

“I want to make it very clear that it’s not a nostalgic thing because I wasn’t here the first time Ian came. It’s a footballing decision and it’s my decision, and I hope he scores the goals that will give us a really promising season.

“When an opportunity to bring in a goalscorer presents itself, you have to take it, so that’s what we did.”