In these unprecedented times, no one knows what is happening with football. It’s on an enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s no real sign of when this will be lifted. There’ll be a logistical backlog of games to get through. Aside from that, there is also the need to consider player contract situations – the projected end date for the season being past the traditional 30 June cut-off point for contracts.
Rochdale (36 pts) are in that uneasy territory at the moment. They sit in 19th position in the table and sit an uncomfortable four points away from the last of the relegation spots held by Tranmere Rovers (32 pts). When football restarts, The Dale will be looking for the kind of results that will guarantee their League One status. However, when that will be is one of football’s uncertainties at the moment. Another uncertainty facing all sides is the situation with player contracts. Here are five Rochdale players who are out of contract at the end of June.
Calvin Andrew (centre-forward): 33-year-old Andrew joined Rochdale from York City in late July 2014 on a free transfer. He came through the youth system at hometown club Luton, leaving the Hatters in 2008 for a fee of around £550,000. Since signing for The Dale, he has featured in 230 games, scoring 28 goals and providing 17 assists. This season he has turned out 20 times for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side and is yet to find the back of the net.
Ryan McLaughlin (right-back): 25-year-old McLaughlin was a product of the Liverpool youth system, leaving the Reds in early August 2016 for Oldham Athletic. He moved two years later to Blackpool and signed from the Tangerines for Rochdale in late January 2019. In total, he has turned out 19 times for Rochdale, adding one assist. This season he has featured just three times in Rochdale’s League One campaign, three appearances that total just 52 minutes of action on the pitch. He last featured in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.
Callum Camps (centre midfield): Homegrown product Camps came up through the ranks at Spotland, being promoted from the Under-18s to the first-team set-up at the start of July 2013. Since then he has gone on to make 240 appearances for The Dale, scoring 30 goals and adding 23 assists. This season has seen the Stockport-born youngster feature 28 times in Rochdale’s League One campaign, score six goals and provide seven assists.
Aaron Wilbraham (centre-forward): Wilbrahim’s equaliser in the FA Cup in January made him one of a select few players to score in four different decades. The 40-year-old, who can count sides such as Norwich City and Crystal Palace on his CV, has been at Rochdale since July 2018 when he joined on a free from Bolton. In that time he has featured 52 times for the club, scoring nine goals and adding five assists. This season he has made 19 league appearances, scoring three goals and providing one assist.
Jordan Williams (defensive midfield): Williams first appeared in a Rochdale shirt after joining of loan from Liverpool on deadline day August 31, 2017. He signed on permanent terms for Barry-Murphy’s side the following July, leaving Anfield on a free transfer. He’s featured in 82 games for Rochdale in total, scoring one goal and adding three assists. This season he has made 28 appearances in League One but is yet to score.