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Ex Files: Rory Prendergast
Ex Files: Rory Prendergast
Thursday, 12th Jun 2008 20:03

We look back at Rory Prendergast's time at Spotland, as we add him to our Ex Files archive.

Player Profile: Rory Prendergast

Name Rory Prendergast
Position Winger
Date of Birth 6th April 1978
Born Pontefract
Height 5'8
Weight 12'00
Signed for Dale Blackpool - 22.01.07
Fee Free Transfer
Debut Dale 5 MK Dons 0 - 27.01.07
Other Clubs Barnsley
York
Oldham
Northwich
Nuneaton
Bradford Park Avenue
Accrington Stanley
Blackpool
Halifax Town
Darlington
Left Spotland 08.02.07

Dale Stats

 League OtherTotal
SeasonAppSubGoalsAppSubGoalsAppSubGoals
2007-08 2 12 1 1 3 2 3 15 3
2006-07 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 1
Total 6 13 2 1 3 2 7 16 4
Prendergast made an immediate impact on his return to the club he began his career at as a trainee many years ago. He made a goalscoring debut against MK Dons in a 5-0 hammering of the much fancied side, acting every bit the prodigal son.

However, it seemed his biggest impact was to spark the out of form Adam Rundle back into form, and Rundle very quickly regained his place. Indeed, within two months of signing for Dale, Prendergast was out of the door with a loan spell at Darlington.

His days at Spotland looked numbered, but a much rumoured permanent switch to Darlo failed to materialise and he was forced to start pre-season with Dale.

It wasn't looking good at all, with displays in the friendlies far from impressive. Indeed, one game at Droylseden had him the weakest player in a Dale side which pretty much consisted of youth and reserve.

But he proved many people wrong, especially myself, when the season started. He might not have had many starts for the side, but he proved himself to be a highly valuable asset off the bench, and he weighed in with some valuable goals.

The left winger had put any disappointments from the previous season behind him, and he was contributing greatly. However, he couldn't break past Rundle, and was handed a free transfer in January 2008 to join up with former Dale defender Mark Jackson at Farsley Celtic.

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