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Clayton Donaldson feeling back at home in red and blue

By Dan Simmonite | 15th July 2021

Summer signing Clayton Donaldson feels right at home back with the Minstermen after a 14 year absence, scoring the winner on his second debut for the club against Whitby Town in the first game of pre-season.

The veteran striker said: “It feels like I’ve never left to be honest. Everyone at the club has been great and to get a goal that’s a great start for me – it gives me a lot of confidence going into the season.

“It’s always good to finish off with a goal but what’s most important is fitness really and getting match fit. But I enjoyed it, second debut and it was good to be back where it all started really so I was happy to be involved and I’m happy to be here now and I’m ready to kick-on.”

Supporters have reacted well to his return, remembering the days of a prolific goalscorer with blistering pace terrifying defenders at Bootham Crescent. However, fans can expect a different type of player as the 37-year-old looks set to feature in a number ten role for Steve Watson – still chipping in with the goals along with a front line featuring new strikers Kurt Willoughby and Jason Gilchrist.

And the Jamaican international is looking forward to the challenge.

He added: “I was speaking to a few fans beforehand and it’s made things a lot easier for me, everyone has been so welcoming and made it easy for me to settle in again.

“Any games you play, whether it’s a friendly or in the league you want to set the right example and win games, but we can’t get away from the fact it’s about the fitness and getting everything right.

“You can win all your pre-season games and then lose your league games so it’s just making sure we get that winning mentality now.”

Donaldson rejected the opportunity of a coaching role with Bradford City and will sign for the Minstermen officially on August 1. He will look to utilise his UEFA B licence coaching badge to help the younger players in the squad.

He explained: “I talk to them all the time in training and try to help them, guide them and in games as well – if I see that I can help give them any information then I’m willing to do that.

“The younger lads have a lot to learn and it’s harder for these players to come through now. If experienced players around them can help and guide them then it’s better for them.”

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