Clayton plays down bid talk

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City's latest England international Clayton Donaldson has brushed aside all speculation linking him to higher league clubs.

Donaldson, who made his National Game XI debut against a Holland representative side at Burton Albion in midweek, has been watched by Hibernian and Wolves in recent weeks having scored 13 goals already this season.

But the 22-year-old striker, despite admitting he is ambitious, is ignoring any transfer talk.

He said: "I don't read too much into the speculation. I've heard it before and nothing has happened so I will just keep my head down and enjoy my football until a point comes when the manager or board come and tell me they have had an offer they want to consider."

Having spent three frustrating years in Hull City reserves, Donaldson also feels a sense of loyalty to the Minstermen and manager Billy McEwan for offering him a chance to showcase his talents.

He said: "I'm playing week in, week out, scoring goals and enjoying my football. I'm getting an opportunity to show what I can do which I did not get before.

"Obviously, if a big club came in for me and, it was the right move for me and the club, I would have to consider it because I want to further my career and play at a decent level but I'm happy at York."

Donaldson also believes there is a realistic chance that City could be playing at a higher level next season, which could have a bearing on his own future.

He said: "I think we have got a chance of the play-offs and promotion if we keep injury-free and keep taking points from our away games because that's one of the hardest things in football."

Donaldson has trained every day this week as well as playing for 20 minutes against the Dutch as a second half substitute.

But the Bradford-born ace believes his club will benefit from the exertions with his country during today's Conference clash at Forest Green. He said: "I feel a lot more confident having got the international game under my belt.

"Not many players at any level get to represent their country and my family were really chuffed which made me feel even prouder."

Even the fact Donaldson surprisingly did not start Wednesday's game could not take the gloss off the 6ft 1in striker's week.

He added: "I thought I had a decent chance of starting so I was a bit disappointed when the side was named but really I was just happy to be there because I've missed out on the final squad a few times.

"The manager (Paul Fairclough) had also seen the other strikers play before but had never seen me play so he was only going on what scouts told him, but I got a winners' medal from the tournament and an England cap, which I was delighted with and I hope there's more to come."

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