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Boggy pitches up at Rochdale

Former Barnsley striker Daniel Bogdanovic, who felt he needed to leave Oakwell in an attempt to realise his dream of playing in the Premier League, has pitched up at League One Rochdale on loan.

The Lancashire outfit, 23rd in the table, have taken the Maltese international on a month’s loan from Blackpool.

And Bogdanovic made an impact on his debut for the Spotland side, scoring the equalising goal in Monday’s 1-1 home draw with local rivals Preston. He also hit the bar.

Rochdale’s caretaker manager Chris Beech enthised: “Daniel stole the show for us. He was brilliant and deserved his goal.

“We’ve missed a bit of guile, class and know-how and Bogdanovic has got all of that. I’ve never seen him play but Ryan Kidd [assistant manager] knows him very well from his own days at Barnsley and when you manage you have to surround yourself with people you trust. I’ve gone for Daniel on Ryan’s say.”

Bogdanovic, now 31, had joined Barnsley from Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Sofia in 2009, and scored 16 goals in 45 appearances for the Oakwell Club. However, he refused a new contract offer and joined Sheffield United, where he struggled to feature.

He missed United’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley at Bramall Lane late last season through injury, a result which confirmed the Blades’ relegation to League One.

Bogdanovic teamed up with Blackpool on a free transfer prior to the start of the current campaign, but found himself out of Ian Holloway’s plans, and has now moved to Rochdale in an attempt to revitalise his playing fortunes.

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