Rochdale sign young Owl

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Rochdale manager Steve Parkin has snapped up Sheffield Wednesday youngster Rory McArdle on a six-month loan spell.

McArdle, who is a Northern Ireland under-19 squad member, is highly rated by Owls boss Paul Sturrock, who has previously said he would have no problems throwing McArdle into first team action.

Sturrock will now take a good look at the 18-year-old, and Parkin is equally happy with the arrangement.

"He's been playing with Northern Ireland over the summer, so we know he'll be in good shape and I look forward to working with him," said Parkin.

The centre-back will join former Owl Grant Holt at Spotland.