Sky Bet League Two: Jack O'Connell honoured to be captaining Rochdale

Jack O'Connell: Will see out the season on loan at Spotland

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Jack O'Connell has spoken of his pride at having been handed the captain's armband during a loan spell at Rochdale.

The teenage defender is a product of Blackburn Rovers' academy system and is currently taking in the second of two loan spells at Spotland which will end up spanning the season.

Despite being only 19 years of age and lacking in Football League experience, he has done enough to convince Dale boss Keith Hill that he has leadership qualities.

It could be that he ends up guiding the Sky Bet League Two outfit back into the third tier, with just one point separating them from the automatic promotion places at present.

O'Connell admits that is a target he is hoping to hit before his loan agreement comes to an end, and the youngster is delighted to be playing a leading role in that particular quest.

He told Sky Sports: "It was a huge honour for me to be given the captaincy and it was a proud moment for me.

"I have to thank the manager Keith Hill for giving me the captaincy and I want to repay him by doing my best for the team.

"I am just focusing on maintaining my performances and hopefully helping the club win promotion."