Rochdale boss Keith Hill could hand debuts to several players when his side begin life in npower League One at home to Hartlepool.
Jack Redshaw, Joe Widdowson, Brian Barry-Murphy, Josh Lillis, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Anthony Elding, Alan Goddall and Matty Done all arrived at Spotland during the summer.
Highly-rated defender Craig Dawson sat out Dale's final warm-up game against Bradford last weekend, adding more weight to the theory he has played his final game for the club.
Rochdale have twice turned down transfer requests from the player over the summer following a £400,000 bid from Middlesbrough.
Boro, Burnley and Ipswich are all understood to be vying for his signature, raising questions over whether he will be involved for Rochdale this weekend.