Rochdale fan Max Hartle gives his thoughts on how his side are going to fair in the Sky Bet League One this season.
What are your expectations for this season?
It would be fantastic if we could do what Rotherham have done and get back-to-back promotions; realistically, however, this season is about cementing our place in the league. After promotion in 2010, we achieved a 9th placed finish. We would be delighted if we could emulate that success this season.
What do you think of your summer business so far?
We have signed striker Jack Muldoon from non-league Worksop Town but despite his glittering reviews from the manager, he is unproven and we are yet to see him in action due to injury. Sean McGinty signed permanently at the end of last season and Calvin Andrew will bolster our attacking options. However, the journeyman striker has only managed 17 goals in 10 years of professional football and surely cannot be seen as a replacement for Scott Hogan, who contributed the same tally in his debut season. The good news is that Keith Hill has recognised the need to recruit. If we get three or four more quality players, of a similar calibre to Ian Henderson or Matty Done, then we will be in an excellent position heading into League One.
Who will be your star player this year?
Ian Henderson. The quick, hard-working and clinical midfielder brings both skill and League One experience to the team, to which he has recently committed himself until 2016. Last season, he could have had his own goal of the season competition with some of the goals he scored! When he plays well, everyone else does too.
Who will be your breakout star this year?
I tip Bastien Hery’s talents to come to light this season. The Frenchman is a product of the Paris Saint Germain youth team and has shown individual brilliance in the middle of the park of late. The way he marauds up the pitch with the ball at his feet makes for good viewing, with flicks and tricks along the way. At the back end of last season, he played a crucial role. We had not scored in four games but, upon his entry, the team found confidence and won two out three games, which, ultimately got us promoted.
What game are you looking forward to the most?
Personally speaking, I am looking forward to Barnsley away on the last day of the season. Not only could that be a deciding game, but also a return for Keith Hill to the Tykes, from which he was sacked in 2012.