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Will Newcastle Keep Ryan Donaldson On Tyneside?

As well as overseeing the arrival of several new players in the summer, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has also to identify those first team players he wants to move out, and in addition,  those younger players he will want to keep at the club.

Ryan Donaldson – will he get new deal on Tyneside?

One of those youngsters is local lad Ryan Donaldson, the England U19 International, and his contract runs out at the end of June.

Ryan has just returned from a decent loan spell at Hartlepool United, and one reason he returned was so that Alan Pardew could take a closer look at the born and bred Geordie.

Ryan did his cause no harm in the Reserve team’s 2-1 win over Everton earlier this week, at the club’s Benton training HQ, where Alan Pardew was an interested observer.

This is what Ryan told the local Newcastle press today:

“This is my club – it’s very important to me – and if I can stay here, I’d love to.” “The gaffer said it was the first time he’s seen me, and it was important to get back here and show him what I can do,”

“We’ll see what happens. I’m not going to worry about it, to be honest.” “I’ll get my head down, work hard and see what happens.” “I think it’s too early to think about the summer.”

“I’d like to think I’d have options, but this club has always been my first priority.”

Donaldson scored with a header after 8 minutes against Everton, and would you believe it – that was his first headed goal ever at Newcastle, as he talked about the goal, the game and his time at Hartlepool:

“That was the first header I’ve scored.” “I got a bit of stick off the lads at Hartlepool as heading’s not my strong point.”

“I managed to lob that one in somehow, and I’ll take anything!” “It was brilliant. I always wanted to come back.” “It was nice to get out and see the lads again, I’ve been away two months.

“I enjoyed it a lot at Hartlepool. It was good to get out there and taste a bit of real football, it was a lot different to what I’m used to.”

“It was hard, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I played a lot of games.”

While on loan at Hartlepool, their manager and former Newcastle coach, Mick Wadsworth, said Ryan had become a much better player while at the Hartlepool club, where Ryan played 12 times with no goals.

Wadsworth would like to sign Ryan full time in the summer.

Of course it’s very important that young players on Tyneside get regular first team games somewhere, until they are ready to press for a first team place at Newcastle.

Ryan played 15 times with 10 goals for the England U17 side, when he was an out-and-out striker, and has 10 England U19 caps with one goal, since he moved to play a midfield role too.

Donaldson has 6 appearances for the Newcastle first team over the last two seasons, and we would be very surprised if this lad doesn’t get a new contract to keep him at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

98 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    No, at least I don’t think we should. Ranger and Airey are both ahead of him, and he’s never truly been near the first team. He doesn’t seem to have been touted as being a prospect either. Not good enough for us imo.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    umh….. am i the only swedish guy on this blog?

  • Billy1985

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    i think he should get the chance why not we bvuild lads hopes up most of the time then shatter their dreams. if we get to the safe area this season in the next few games we should play the young ones honestly they will play their hearts out for us to get the chance on the big stage

  • arfa chance

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Have you seen him play Bucks – he’s actually a tidy player and highly rated.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    i never really thought much of donaldson till i seen him play this season in the reserves afew times n the carling cup and as u say arfa chance he is a very tidy player but hes not a striker he is midfielder for me bcoz thats were he has played when i watched him n he was great, n he outshone vukic in the carling cup n i think vukic is great player so he must have something about him

  • davybtoon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #6

    give him a 5year deal along with ferguson n airey and sign any other prospects to long deals to like richardson,newton,nzunzi,taveriner, leadbitter, dumitt, adjei, inmann these lads are the future of this club

  • toonfan09

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #7

    i watched him play for pools he isnt out special if he signs a new contract he will be shipped out in a few seasons cos he just isnt gd enough

  • MarkO

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    He is could turn out to be a good squad player but he will be shipped out because Pardew just wants to spend spend spend

  • arfa chance

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone know if vuckic is back yet

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Has anybody any idea what happened to the French wonder kid we supposedly signed at the beginning of the season, and not one word on Ireland this week, is he in the frame for the Wolves game, or was that more bollocks?

  • arfa chance

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Jimmymagpie- yven moyo had an injury but is playing now for the youth teams and reserves.

  • Lowesy

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #12

    think he’s in contention, may be on the bench but still available. The French wonderkid I think you’re on about it Moyo…yeah? he’s only 17 I think so no where near the first team. Shane Fergie should be snapped up, Vuckic, Donaldson, LuaLua, Airey and Richardson also.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Arfa – cheers mate, I’d forgotten the lad’s name, after all I am 76. Any news on Ireland?

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Lowesy, just seen your posting. Here’s to Sat lads and 3 points.

  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    @jimmy: Ireland has been training and should be in contention now Tiotè’s suspended (two matches, is it?).

    Wonder what’s the crack with Gosling. Haven’t heard anything about him since he had the second surgery a month or two ago.

  • arfa chance

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    No news is good news for Ireland eh! Hope he is injury free for sat. Worried about o hara canny player for wolves and jarvis. Teams for sat anyone?

    Simpson collocini Williamson fergie
    Barton Ireland nolan guti

  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Huh, does anybody know how accurate physioroom.com is?


    No Enrique? Interesting.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers Thump. Tiote out for 2, and Nolan is one booking away from 2 game ban. This is last weekend then bookings will be wiped out.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Thump – John Carver said last week that Gosling was 2/3 weeks away from return to full training.

  • Thump

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheers for that jimmy. Shame we probably won’t be seeing Gosling again this season, he looked good when he had that last run out.

  • Oba

    Mar 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21
  • arfa chance

    Mar 30, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Good article Oba. Richardson seems like a canny player

  • Partizan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Whats with the icons 🙂

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Mar 30, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #24

    with all duo respect he is not and never will be the next messi so let him go his level is league 1/2 we r in premiership

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #25

    😀 Wonder if I have Rain Man again….

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #26


  • BeeGuy

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Thump, if you saw the same game I saw vs. Sunderland, you would have noticed that Gosling came on and then abandoned his man allowing the shot that resulted in the Cats equalizer. At least he owned up to it, but those extra 2 points lost sure would make me a bit more comfortable going down the home stretch.

  • ToonAndy

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Hiii just commenting 2 see my my icon!! 🙁

  • Mac

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Oh yeah i wanna see my icon

  • Mac

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Ha ha i like it

  • MacToon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #31

    What the……

  • G

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh no, the dreaded icons are back!

  • boonarmy

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #33

    never seen these before

  • davybtoon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    my thoughts on the summer window
    players out:
    smith (rangers/leeds)
    guthrie (notts forest)
    lovenkrands (rangers)
    xisco (deportivo)
    routledge (qpr)
    forster (celtic)

    players in
    gervinho (think its gonna happen with tiote here n drogba advisin like he did tiote)
    larrson free (pre contract already agreed supposdely)
    k. westwood free (pre contract already agreed supposedly
    gary hooper (cash plus forster)
    mbengue or wendt (left back cover)
    with gervinho n being the wow signings and still convinced taarbt is n has always been part of a deal for routledge

  • davybtoon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #35

    i think we could see 3 more sigings in addition to that list like those two lads we were linked with in the dutch league the other day

  • davybtoon

    Mar 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #36

    if we did get taarbt n gervinho we need good cover for them two n tiote coz its african nations cup next year n those 3 would b away for a month

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Great read..


    Good article about the singing section petition

  • toon18

    Mar 30, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree with everything. And have definitely not just commented so I can see a silly picture!

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Had to be done.

  • Jose_Horny_Enrique

    Mar 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #40

    you can see your picture in the top left of the screen anyways i think, it’s kinda epic tho xD


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