McDonald's licence to thrill

THE Blues fans' newest darling has vowed to keep on entertaining and is looking to grab his chance by notching his first Town goal

THE Blues fans' newest darling has vowed to keep on entertaining and is looking to grab his chance by notching his first Town goal

Dean McDonald wowed the Portman Road crowd on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday with his array of tricks and skills and has more to offer, writes Derek Davis.

The 19-year-old only found out he was starting two hours before kick-off but was determined to play his usual game and gave credit to his dad Junior for making him the player he is.

McDonald said: “I was a bit nervous at the start but it was great having the fans behind me.

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“They seemed to like the way I play but that is just my style.

“I have my dad to thank for all the skills and things. When I was a youngster he coached my youth team and he taught me all these things.

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“He was a good player and that is where I first learned the trade from and have carried it on.”

A former Arsenal trainee, McDonald had trails with Glasgow Rangers, Leeds United and Fulham, before being spotted by Academy director Bryan Klug in a trial match and arrived at Portman Road in January.

He impressed in training, building up a cult following in reserve games, and was handed a one-year deal in the summer.

McDonald has already forged a blossoming relationship with Dean Bowditch, who has benefited by his array of talent.

McDonald said: “We have played four games together before and we have gelled well and we took that into the game. We want to prove we are a good partnership and take this on.”

Serendipity may have played a big part in McDonald getting his chance against Sheffield Wednesday with Sam Parkin missing out after a training ground accident on Friday, but he is looking to make a further impression in the starting line up against Yeovil in the League Cup tomorrow.

He said: “I'm looking to play as many games possible. Opportunities may be rare but I need to take my chances when they come along.

“I almost scored against Sheffield and was in a good position, so I know I have to hit the target from now on.”

“I promise I will be giving 100% to get a goal but the most important thing is for the team to win and scoring would be a bonus.

“I'm looking to take the positives from this game and work on the weaknesses and take that into the game on Tuesday if I play.”

An already young Blues will have its average age reduced even further with 18-year-old Aidan Collins and 22-year-old Jimmy Juan among the changes that will be made for the Yeovil game.

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