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Thursday 03 Jan 2019
Bristol City forward Holden excited to complete loan deal

Bristol City forward Rory Holden has been snapped up on loan by League One Rochdale until the end of the current campaign. 

The 21-year-old, who has been a regular in City’s under-23 side this term, spent a month out on loan with Barrow earlier in the season, making five appearances for the National League outfit.

Speaking to Dale’s official website Holden said: “I’ve been here for a few weeks training with the boys and there are definitely positive vibes coming from training sessions, so I’m excited to have signed on until the end of the season.

“Playing for Bristol City’s under-23s has benefited me, but I feel now is the right time to get out on loan.

“I’m here to give my all, and I’ll do the best I can for the club and the team.”

The striker, who has won three caps for the Northern Ireland under-21 side, scored on his debut for Ian Baraclough’s outfit which beat Luxembourg 1-0 in a friendly last September.

Holden signed for Bristol City for an undisclosed fee from Derry City in the summer of 2017, though he has yet to make his first team debut for the Robins.

He will become the third Northern Ireland player in Rochdale’s squad linking up with another former under-21 international Callum Camps and winger Stephen Dooley who joined the club from Coleraine last summer.