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Former United starlet signs for Dale
Saturday, 25th Jun 2016 10:09 by Col

With preseason training due to start in the next few days, Dale have signed former Man United youngster Oliver Rathbone.

So what do we know about him?

* He's 19 years old and comes from Blackburn and he's primarily an attacking midfielder

* He was considered a little behind his peers physically at Old Trafford, but was kept on due to his work rate and desire

* He grabbed the headlines whilst playing for United's Under 18 side following a stunning 40 yard lob You can watch it on YouTube at

* He had a trial with Walsall earlier on this year

* The youngster has signed a twelve month contract at Spotland, which you would expect included a clause in the club's favour to extend for a year based on recent contracts.

* His Dad Mick made close to 400 appearances in the Football League in a career that took him to Birmingham, Blackburn, Preston and Halifax and is currently a coach with Blackpool

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