Ramsden to quit Dale

Defender to leave Spotland

Ramsden: On the move

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Rochdale defender Simon Ramsden looks to have played his last game for the club after manager Keith Hill revealed he has accepted a more lucrative contract elsewhere.

The right-back, 27, arrived at Spotland from Grimsby in January 2006 and made a total of 124 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

Hill has not disclosed the identity of Ramsden's new club but still paid a rich tribute to the outgoing defender.

Hill, who aims to recruit a new right-back and a goalkeeper, told the club's official website: "I believe that Simon has taken up the option to sign for another club and that will be fully disclosed to the public at a later stage.

"He has been offered a deal at another club that goes way beyond our financial restrictions. As well as a colleague he is a friend and I do genuinely wish him all the best.

"I know that it was a difficult decision for him to make because he has been very happy here but I can fully understand his reasons."