Returning Rochdale boss Keith Hill has moved to strengthen his squad with three new recruits as he aims to get Dale’s promotion bid back on track.
Journeyman goalkeeper Steve Collis has joined on a free transfer following the departure of Ben Smith while Andy Haworth and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff return to Spotland.
Australian defender Cansdell-Sherriff previously joined Dale on loan in 2002, while promising attacker Haworth helped them to promotion in 2010.
“I came to the club in the January of that season and all the lads had a great team spirit,” Haworth, 24, told the club website.
“They were playing great football and that’s why they were top of the table. Keith’s a great motivator, he gets the best out of his players and that’s one of the reasons I came back.
“The manager wants to go places and so do the lads, so hopefully that ambition pays off and we can start getting results and push back up the table.”
Haworth made seven appearances for Dale before moving to Bury where he played 46 times in two years, scoring two goals.
He was most recently at Falkirk but failed to break into the first team and was released in November.
Meanwhile, former Yeovil Town, Southend United and Crewe Alexandra keeper Collis, 32, joins after a spell with non-league side Buxton.
Cansdell-Sherriff, who will wear the number five shirt, will be at Spotland until 27 April 2013.
He joined Preston North End in the summer and has made ten league appearances for Graham Westley’s side this season.
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