After leaving Hereford in June 2007, Rob Purdie joined Darlington where he stayed for two seasons.
"I'm not here to play games to get fit to go back to Oldham. I don't have a future at Oldham whether I score twenty goals or two goals on my loan spell. It doesn't matter.
"I just here to win myself a contract and do well for Jamie."
Purdie has had unfortunate injury problems but came through the game without any problems.
"I wanted to make sure I was fit.
"I had a hip injury and I was mis-diagnosed a couple of times. I had three operations last season.
"It's been a long hard year and then I was told I had no chance playing for Oldham. It's been a tough eighteen months.
"So it was good to come back to Hereford. It's a club where I feel at home."
"The biggest thing with Rob was that he needed games. He had a terrible time through injury.
"We've got an agreement for Rob to stay there until the end of the season."
"I pretty much owe my career to Graham - he was a big influence on me."
|Purdie In A Game Against Burton|
For the away game at Port Vale a new formation saw Purdie playing in a five man midfield. But he starts were limited as manager Jamie Pitman seemed to change the line-up every game.
On April 6th it was confirmed that Hereford were to be docked three points for playing Purdie in an away game at Torquay on February 1st when not correctly registered.
Purdie was back in the starting eleven on April 16th at Rotherham but only because Ryan Green was injured.
'Then Rob Purdie, on the overlap, produced a fine cross, which was turned away for a fruitless corner before he, again, was defensively alert to block a stinging shot from Law.'
With a home defeat to Shrewsbury on April 23rd the Bulls were in a relegation battle. However with a 1-1 home draw against Bradford on April 30th it was confirmed they would play in League Two the following season.
As regards Purdie's half-season, he scored five goals but wasn't a regular starter.
'after the last 2 yrs I've had I couldn't have wished for a better 6 months at a club I like'
Talks about a new contract were set to take place but were delayed because Pitman was on holiday.
On May 26th Pitman said "I'm still talking to Rob (Purdie), hopefully we can come to some agreement in the next week or so."
Then on June 6th news of a one year deal for Purdie was confirmed.
A week later Purdie spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester about playing for Hereford.
"I understand that I could start in maybe ten positions next season which might hinder my career but is keeping me in the Football League.
"I would prefer to play one or two positions but if I can play 30,40 games per season left back, right back etc that's better than playing ten games in one position."