Dooley cannot wait to fulfil his full-time dream with Rochdale
Stephen Dooley says he's living the dream after joining Rochdale from Danske Bank Premiership side Coleraine.
The former Derry City and Cork City midfielder has agreed a two-year deal with the League One club, subject to international clearance.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play over in the English system and Rochdale looks like a brilliant club, so I'm delighted to finally get the deal done," said the 26-year-old, who won a league and cup double with Cork City.
"I played with Ryan Delaney at Cork City last year, and he said it's a brilliant club and he's really enjoying it.
"I looked at the celebrations from the last day of the season and everyone said it was brilliant. I'm looking forward to being a part of it next year.
"I've spoken to the manager and to Brian Barry-Murphy as well, who's obviously from Cork, and that's the link there. It was good to speak to them and they seem like really nice people, so hopefully I can come over in July, meet up with them and get things going.
"It's always something I wanted to give a go just to see if I'm good enough, and hopefully I will be. Every young player growing up aspires to be in the Premier League and the system obviously filters down.
"I've always wanted to give the English leagues a shot and this seems like a brilliant club to try that with."
The Portstewart man made 89 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 13 goals.
Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney said: "As a club we are delighted for Stephen to clinch a move to full-time football.
"It is great that we played a part in Stephen achieving his dream and he certainly goes with our best wishes.
"We can't speak any higher of him and we wish him the best of luck."