English League 2

Hill extends stay at Dale

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Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:29:00

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels admits he is hoping to keep Kris Boyd at Rugby Park next season.

Boyd, who is in his second spell at Kilmarnock, rejoined his old club on a short-term deal in February after leaving MLS side Portland Timbers.

The former Rangers man has scored two goals in his last two games and Shiels plans to talk with the 29-year-old about extending his stay in Ayrshire.

"I'd like to keep him, obviously, and I'm hoping that something might happen," he told the Daily Record.

"However, I've still to speak to Kris and to the chairman so we'll need to wait and see."

Hill, 43, returned for a second spell with Dale when he succeed John Coleman in January, having previously led them to a first promotion for 41 years in 2010 before leaving for Barnsley the following summer.

The manager's initial agreement ran until the end of the season but on Thursday he committed himself to the League Two outfit until 2016.

"It is fair to say that you don't realise what you've got until it is gone and that is certainly the case with Keith," said Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy on his club's official website.

"In the period of time that he has been back at the club we have all seen a change in the way that the team plays football and Keith's hard work and commitment is now bearing fruit with positive results on the pitch.

"We're all starting to watch Rochdale with a smile on our faces."

Rochdale will begin next season in the fourth tier but are finishing the current campaign with a flourish and head to Oxford this weekend defending a six-match unbeaten run.

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