One Newcastle player was very proud to make his debut for his home town club Newcastle United last night – 17-year-old striker Ryan Donaldson.
Ryan Donaldson – local lad made debut last night in Mallorca
Ryan came on as a second-half substitute, and he already seems keen for more first-team football.
Donaldson said today:
“I was hoping to come on, but didn’t really expect to.” “The manager told me to get on, and I was really excited.”
“The conditions were difficult, and after my first sprint I was dripping wet.” “It was hard, but great to play against a La Liga team. It was a great experience.”
“They’re a really good team. They pass the ball well and kept the shape well.” “For me, though, that is the sort of experience you want.”
Local boy Ryan Donaldson has already represented the England Under-17s side and is a local lad, just like our other young striker, 19 year-old Andy Carroll.
It’s good that Ryan got a taste of what it’s like in the first team, because the word on the youngster is that he’s one for the future.
He was still a schoolboy at St Cuthberts High School in Newcastle, when he made his reserve team debut last year, on the 24th January at Wigan.
Ryan is a big fan of Michael Owen and Thierry Henry, and the striker, who stands 5’11” tall and has loads of pace, seems to have a good eye for goal.
Ryan made his England Under-17 debut on 30th July 2007, and scored both goals in the 2- 0 Nordic Championships win over Iceland in Denmark, and he’s been a regular in the side ever since.
Definitely one for the future.