Rochdale have signed Jordan Williams from Barrow for an undisclosed fee as confirmed by the club website.

This will be the 24-year-old winger’s first crack at playing in the EFL after playing the entirety of his career in non-league. He started his career with Burscough before eventually moving onto Northwich Victoria. He attracted plenty of attention while playing for The Trickies, especially their impressive run in the FA Cup during the 2015/16 season. It was this that earned him a move to Barrow in January 2016.

And Williams has continued to impress while at Barrow, scoring 16 goals in 63 appearances while playing for the Cumbria side. And now that form has earned him his bang chance at playing in the EFL as he has signed a two-year contract with the Dale. The Lancashire club have had some success signing talent from the non-league before, most notably when they snapped up Scott Hogan from Hyde in 2013, and will be hoping that Williams is more of the same.

After the signing was completed, Rochdale head coach Keith Hill said: “He’s a great acquisition by the football club. He’s someone we’ve been pursuing since the end of the season and it’s just great to get the deal done.”

He will be a great privilege to work with, he’s very honest, grounded, determined and hungry. He has great ability, his assists and goal scoring for Barrow this season has been superb, and he was our number one target to recruit in those wide areas of the pitch where we’ve lost Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.”

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