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Rumour Mill-Craig Dawson interests Laws!

Rumour Mill-Craig Dawson interests Laws!

Burnley gaffer Brian Laws and Middlesbrough scout Gordon McQueen were at Spotland last Tuesday night watching the League 2 game between Rochdale and Darlington. According to the Mirror it is understood they were both checking on Rochdale's 19-year-old centre half, Craig Dawson.



Although Rochdale surprisingly lost that match 1-0 to the already relegated bottom club they yesterday confirmed their promotion to League 1 after beating Northampton 1-0 at home.

After a spell on Manchester City's books as a youth player, the locally born Rochdale lad started his career with Unibond League side Radcliffe Borough after signing for them in the middle of the 2007-08 season.

He signed for Rochdale in March 2009 although for a time played on loan for his former club before eventually making his debut for Rochdale away to Port Vale in August 2009. Dawson has therefore in his first season helped Rochdale secure their first promotion since 1969!

Rochdale seem resigned to selling the player

Dale manager Keith Hill said:

"We will have to sell again this summer - I won`t stand in Craig Dawson`s way as long as we get the money we expect for him."

It is understood though that Rochdale would not be willing to let their young starlet go for less than £1 million.

Clarets fans would probably be surprised if the rumour of our interest is true. Although some of our back four players may well leave the club, especially if we are relegated we do also have players like David Edgar and Kevin Long in the squad and it would be difficult to imagine that the club would let all of our other more experienced central defenders go like Michael Duff, Clarke Carlisle, Steven Caldwell and even Andre Bikey. Do we really need to strengthen even more in this area

It would also be questionable whether a player effectively at League 2 level could make the jump to the Championship assuming we are relegated and surely we need to set our sights higher if we seriously want to try and achieve promotion back to the top flight.

It is rather worrying that already we appear to be looking at lower leagues and I just hope the accountants report from 'Dolittle & Spendnowt' extoling the virtues of how good Brian Laws is at bringing in players on a lower budget is not already dictating the amount of money that Laws will have at his disposal from the parachute payments.

Come on let's show some proper ambition, let's mean business and get the players in we know can do a job not just at Championship level but also with potential to play in the Premier League.

Can we seriously believe a player in League 2 could be expected to make the grade in the top flight in a season?


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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday April 18 2010
Time: 5:47PM

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£1 million for an unproven League 2 defender? Move on we can do better
turfmanphil
18/04/2010 17:52:00
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Interesting one - Not seen the lad play ( that I can remember), but wouldnt imagine he would be a starter next year. However, PNE signed Nuge from League 2 for 100K and were selling him with 2-3 years for £6m - That wouldnt be bad. Tend to agree with you though TMP, unless this lad is a real cut above, not sure he is the way to go.
Claretdale
18/04/2010 17:59:00
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A million pounds they are having a laugh.
Grimsby Claret
18/04/2010 18:01:00
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Money will still be tight next season despite the optimism of some. Spending money on the future again will be folly. We did that this season and it got us nowhere. (Edgar, Easton, Eckersley, Guerrero etc) We need all the money spent now on players that can instantly do a job at Championship level
turfmanphil
18/04/2010 18:04:00
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that's a lot of your parachute money to splash out guys!
merlin
18/04/2010 19:40:00
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Knowing how tight fisted our bloody Board is our gaffer will probably only get £1 million and the rest will disappear into a black hole! He might be allowed to keep the money we get from selling our best assets if he's lucky! We will hear it all again as we struggle in midtable 'We are a small club,punching above our weight and we cant afford to go into Administration' Time to hear a new record from the club! I hope Blackpool go up, bet they show some ambition and positivity
turfmanphil
18/04/2010 19:56:00
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I don't see the problem with Laws looking at highly rated players in the lower divisions. Better than ignoring them and having other clubs capitalise. You are very selective in the players you choose as examples of our transfer policy apparently not working Phil. Why not Eagles, Fletcher, Paterson and McDonald who would all be sold for more than we paid for them. Yes, how tight-fisted Mr Flood was to provide the cash needed not only to keep us in business but to effectively fund a promotion campaign. While you might have lost all perspective in the recent weeks of our season Phil I personally think Kilby and Flood deserve a little more respect for what they have done for this club. Your last post is bizarre, you are quoting the club with your own speculative comments. And your rant is based on an article which is purely speculation anyway. Time to hear a new record from yourself per chance?
cubanclaret
18/04/2010 22:56:00
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We who think we have done the right thing in not spending up big will never agree with you tmp and vice versa but I think it's idiotic to criticise Laws for looking at prospects from the lower leagues, or from anywhere else come to that. Nearly every top player started at a small club and the best time to get them is when they are young and relatively unknown. As for Blackpool showing 'ambition and positivity' - they are still playing at one of the crappiest grounds in England after their 'money bags saviour' sent them broke and went to jail. Give me our 'bloody Board' any day.
ozjean
19/04/2010 02:16:00
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Guys don't you think we need to strengthen the midfield before we look at any other part of the team. After watching the Clarets play at Sundreland we need a major overhaul which is going to cost more than £1 mill, and the big question is who will be the manager in the championship.
Fedupclaret
19/04/2010 09:36:00
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Too true FedUp and let's remember who was responsible for bringing Brian Laws to the club and the reason they gave. Kilby will not last forever and I think it will be good to eventually see some new faces, fresh ideas and fresh impetus at the club. Then we can really begin to compare notes
turfmanphil
19/04/2010 10:19:00
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