Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper secures loan move to Rochdale

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Robert Sanchez has joined Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on a season-long loan deal.

Robert Sanchez. Picture courtesy of Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC.
Robert Sanchez. Picture courtesy of Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC.

The Spaniard, who made 17 appearances in Sky Bet League Two during a loan spell at Forest Green Rovers last season, will step up a division after sealing a move to the Crown Oil Arena.

Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts said: “Last season’s loan move was beneficial for Rob, experiencing regular senior football, but his latest move will provide an even greater test in League One.

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“It’s exactly what Rob needs in order to take his game to the next level, and we’ll be keeping tabs on his progress throughout the season, as he looks to make a good impression during his time at Rochdale.”

The 21-year-old joined Albion in June 2015 from Spanish club Levante, before establishing himself as first choice in the club’s under-23s for the start of the 2016/17 Premier League 2 campaign.

The following season saw Sanchez help Simon Rusk’s side win promotion to the top tier, and his form for the Seagulls attracted a loan move to Forest Green.

Sanchez returned to Albion for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign, and found himself on the bench for Emirates FA Cup matches against West Bromwich Albion and Derby County.