Rochdale News | Sports News | Midfielder Toumani Diagouraga joins Rochdale

Date published: June 16, 2022

Rochdale Football Club have announced the signing of experienced defensive midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.

The 35-year-old joins Dale on a one-year contract.

He has recently enjoyed success with Morecambe, making 89 appearances over the past two seasons. After being promoted to Ligue 1 in 2021, he was part of the team that helped keep the Shrimps in the division on the final day of last season.

“I met the manager last week and was looking forward to crossing the line, so I’m happy to be here now,” Diagouraga said.

“When I met him [the manager], I was very impressed with his ideas and the way he wants to play. He really sold me the club and I wanted to play for him.

“I spent two and a half years at Morecambe and really, really enjoyed it, so hopefully I can bring some experience here and try to bring some success.

“I came here to play games. I know it’s a team game but I’m still hungry and I want to do well.

Diagouraga started his professional career at Watford in 2004 and spent four years there. Stints at Hereford United and Peterborough United followed, before joining Brentford in 2010 on a fee after a successful loan spell at the Bees.

He made nearly 250 appearances for the London club in six years, during which he was part of the side that won promotion to the Championship in 2013/14. He was almost always in the squad the following season, as Brentford progressed to the play-off semi-finals.

From there, the Frenchman joined Leeds United, again for a fee, at the end of the campaign, before spells at Plymouth Argyle, Fleetwood Town and Swindon Town. He joined Morecambe in January 2020.

Manager Robbie Stockdale added: “I’m very happy to have someone who played over 40 games in Ligue 1 last year.

“It was clear when reviewing last season that we missed someone like him in midfield, and this signing will add leadership, experience and quality.”

Ruth J. Leeds