Mark Kitching has joined League One Rochdale on a permanent deal.

Kitching initially signed for Dale on loan last week and the move has now been made permanent, with the defender signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
 
The 21-year-old Academy graduate penned his first professional deal with Boro in 2014, and has since spent time on loan at York City.

Primarily a left-back but also comfortable in midfield, Kitching did not make a first team appearance for the club, although the Guisborough-born Boro fan had been included in Aitor Karanka's matchday squad.