Injury spikes return of goal ace Clayton

York Press: WAVE GOODBYE, SAY HELLO?: Clayton Donaldson is a target for City WAVE GOODBYE, SAY HELLO?: Clayton Donaldson is a target for City

INJURY has foiled York City boss Colin Walker’s attempts to lure Crewe Alexandra striker Clayton Donaldson back to KitKat Crescent.

But the Railwaymen have told Walker to inquire again in four weeks’ time when Donaldson could be available for a loan move.

The 24-year-old forward, who scored 44 goals in 93 games during two prolific seasons with the Minstermen, has made just seven appearances – all as a substitute – for the League One outfit since his summer switch from Hibernian.

His latest outing came in Monday night’s 1-0 Football League Trophy defeat at Tranmere Rovers, but he is now expected to be sidelined until November.

Walker, who is still hoping to add a new forward to his squad ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Woking, added that Donaldson was one of a number he has pursued in recent weeks, including Morecambe’s Michael Twiss, Kidderminster’s Justin Richards and Huddersfield Town’s Luke Beckett.

Any move would need to be a loan transfer, with the transfer window only reopening in January, and the City boss said: “I made a little inquiry about Clayton, but he’s injured at the moment and I’ve been told to come back in a month when he will be fit and either in or out of their team, so we’ll have to wait and see. The search is ongoing and my mobile is always on. I’m speaking to several players, but if you want a striker that’s scoring goals I’m not sure people want to let them go. It’s been well-documented that we’ve spoken to Luke Beckett and I’ve had discussions with Justin Richards and Michael Twiss as well.

“That’s three I can think of off the top of my head. They all nearly came, but it’s all about what happens now. I’ve got to try and get people in who I think will improve the team and finish off the chances we are creating.

“We’re looking down different avenues – top strikers in our division, ones in League One and in League Two and I’ve even had a bit of a shout with one at a Premier League club. He’s a young centre forward, but I’ve got to decide whether that’s the right or wrong way to go.”

On-loan Rotherham midfielder Peter Holmes has returned to training after missing Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Wrexham and captain Mark Greaves is also expected to be available tomorrow despite feeling the after effects of his virus.

Walker added Onome Sodje should return to training next week after missing the last two matches with a hamstring problem.

The City boss said: “He has shown good progress although we’ve got to be careful because we’re getting to the stage he was at before when he came back for a couple of games and it went again. We have to make sure the muscle is strong before he gets into the team.”

Richard Brodie, meanwhile, will serve his one-match ban tomorrow after his red card at Wrexham with Walker saying: “We’ve had more than one chat about what happened but what we said will stay between me and him.”

The Minstermen chief added he would not be relieving Craig Farrell of penalty-taking duties after his failure to convert at Wrexham, leaving that decision to the 25-year-old front man.

He said: “I’ve seen world-class players step up and miss them.

“It’s something he will have to get over if he wants to take them again and it’s whether he wants the responsibility. If it was me and I missed one, I’d still want to take the next one. That’s your job – you have to score goals and we’ll just have to see what happens because I can designate somebody and they might not be on the pitch.

“It’s not set in stone and it can boil down to how players feel.”

Walker also feels his side can still make an impact on the top end of the Blue Square Premier table despite lying 17th with one win in 12 games.

He said: “I’ve got a good squad of players and I know that we can turn things around. I also know that we are one win away from kick-starting our season and I’ve got to believe that’s going to happen tomorrow.”

City (probable): Ingham, Purkiss, McGurk, Parslow, Robinson, Wilkinson, Greaves, Rusk, Russell, McBreen, Farrell. Subs: Mimms, Kelly, Shepherd, Holmes, Boyes.

Woking (probable): Pidgeley, Conan, Hutchinson, Lorraine, Bunce, Quamina, Lambu, Sole, Marum, Ledgister, Sam-Yorke. Subs: Williams, Warnor, Moone, Pattison, Miles.

Referee: K Johnson. Kick-off: 3pm.

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9:19am Fri 10 Oct 08

iandwightbenton says...

sounds like CW is panic buying - trying to get anyone in to do the job up top for us !

Would be good to get Clatyon in - might bring back some fans to watch a more entertaining game which can only be good for YCFC !!

Please don't play Wilkinson tomorrow !!
sounds like CW is panic buying - trying to get anyone in to do the job up top for us ! Would be good to get Clatyon in - might bring back some fans to watch a more entertaining game which can only be good for YCFC !! Please don't play Wilkinson tomorrow !! iandwightbenton

9:55am Fri 10 Oct 08

rawcliffered says...

CW please not Clayton.

Remember how he played once he had presigned for Hibs?

Luke Beckett or Michael Twiss have to be better options.
CW please not Clayton. Remember how he played once he had presigned for Hibs? Luke Beckett or Michael Twiss have to be better options. rawcliffered

10:15am Fri 10 Oct 08

iandwightbenton says...

Has Colin still got Leo Fortune West's number !!! ????

U never know if his first 5 options fall through he might give him a call !




Has Colin still got Leo Fortune West's number !!! ???? U never know if his first 5 options fall through he might give him a call ! iandwightbenton

10:50am Fri 10 Oct 08

cityfan says...

The way donaldson played once he signed for hibs and us getting him back on loan now would be two totaly different situations, in the first case he had his move and didnt realy need to prove himself anymore just stay fit. If we got him back now he would be fighting to prove again that he is better than this standard football, which we all know he is, and therefore we should see the type of performances that got him his move in the first place.

Not that it matters because i'm prety sure we wont get him.
The way donaldson played once he signed for hibs and us getting him back on loan now would be two totaly different situations, in the first case he had his move and didnt realy need to prove himself anymore just stay fit. If we got him back now he would be fighting to prove again that he is better than this standard football, which we all know he is, and therefore we should see the type of performances that got him his move in the first place. Not that it matters because i'm prety sure we wont get him. cityfan

11:21am Fri 10 Oct 08

Romfordpele says...

Isn't it the same names mentioned everytime? He tried to sign Twiss a while back and Richards was a target in the summer. Now he's starting and scoring plenty for Kidderminster, why would he come here?
Should've forked out for Beckett before the season started, you could have saved money by not keeping Farrell.
Isn't it the same names mentioned everytime? He tried to sign Twiss a while back and Richards was a target in the summer. Now he's starting and scoring plenty for Kidderminster, why would he come here? Should've forked out for Beckett before the season started, you could have saved money by not keeping Farrell. Romfordpele

11:27am Fri 10 Oct 08

YORKCITYFC says...

OK we tried and failed to get Clayton but we still need a striker - move on Colin we cannot wait a month to try and sign him again - and get someone in before tomorrow - Beckett (not injured, not getting a game at Huddersfield, surely he would sign)? and play Boyes from the start with them and shep and Andy mac down the left
OK we tried and failed to get Clayton but we still need a striker - move on Colin we cannot wait a month to try and sign him again - and get someone in before tomorrow - Beckett (not injured, not getting a game at Huddersfield, surely he would sign)? and play Boyes from the start with them and shep and Andy mac down the left YORKCITYFC

12:36pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Head of Bomber Command says...

YORKCITYFC wrote:
OK we tried and failed to get Clayton but we still need a striker - move on Colin we cannot wait a month to try and sign him again - and get someone in before tomorrow - Beckett (not injured, not getting a game at Huddersfield, surely he would sign)? and play Boyes from the start with them and shep and Andy mac down the left
Agree YORKCITYFC he certainly can't wait a month.
[quote][p][bold]YORKCITYFC[/bold] wrote: OK we tried and failed to get Clayton but we still need a striker - move on Colin we cannot wait a month to try and sign him again - and get someone in before tomorrow - Beckett (not injured, not getting a game at Huddersfield, surely he would sign)? and play Boyes from the start with them and shep and Andy mac down the left[/p][/quote]Agree YORKCITYFC he certainly can't wait a month. Head of Bomber Command

12:45pm Fri 10 Oct 08

piratepete says...

It maybe time to go for broke which means McWilliams in for Robinson. Give the kids a chance i.e. Shepherd and Boyes with Brodie and Sodje competing -or not! Farrell is a good playmaker and perhaps he could operate behind the stikers in place of Wilkinson who is a bigger liability than the others.Another problem is that the full-time players are part-time footballers.
It maybe time to go for broke which means McWilliams in for Robinson. Give the kids a chance i.e. Shepherd and Boyes with Brodie and Sodje competing -or not! Farrell is a good playmaker and perhaps he could operate behind the stikers in place of Wilkinson who is a bigger liability than the others.Another problem is that the full-time players are part-time footballers. piratepete

1:18pm Fri 10 Oct 08

MARTYN1982 says...

Does anyone else think that Walker is just name dropping players? is really going for these players because i honestly dont think he has much chance of getting any of them.we'll end up with some younf unproven lad who will come and go back to his club without scoring no doubt like the rest of the loans we get! Mark Robinson has been one of our better players so dont agree him been dropped. sick and tired walker messing around with different formations and teams, doesnt breed confiedence. If we lose sat board have to think do they make a change or wait(as usual) until its too late in season and we have another mid table finish. If we dont crowds will soon be below 2,000 cos £15 for non league football isnt cheap especially when your not getting entertained!!
Does anyone else think that Walker is just name dropping players? is really going for these players because i honestly dont think he has much chance of getting any of them.we'll end up with some younf unproven lad who will come and go back to his club without scoring no doubt like the rest of the loans we get! Mark Robinson has been one of our better players so dont agree him been dropped. sick and tired walker messing around with different formations and teams, doesnt breed confiedence. If we lose sat board have to think do they make a change or wait(as usual) until its too late in season and we have another mid table finish. If we dont crowds will soon be below 2,000 cos £15 for non league football isnt cheap especially when your not getting entertained!! MARTYN1982

1:21pm Fri 10 Oct 08

speaks99 says...

To be fair to Col he isn't suggesting we hang about for a month. He wants someone in ASAP himself as he has stated. However, I can't see the clubs letting Twiss and Richards come to York on a loan and Huddersfield have already stated that they wont let Beckett leave so unless that situation changes we wont get him either. Who will that leave us with I wonder...
To be fair to Col he isn't suggesting we hang about for a month. He wants someone in ASAP himself as he has stated. However, I can't see the clubs letting Twiss and Richards come to York on a loan and Huddersfield have already stated that they wont let Beckett leave so unless that situation changes we wont get him either. Who will that leave us with I wonder... speaks99

1:47pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Peter Dick says...

speaks99 wrote:
To be fair to Col he isn't suggesting we hang about for a month. He wants someone in ASAP himself as he has stated. However, I can't see the clubs letting Twiss and Richards come to York on a loan and Huddersfield have already stated that they wont let Beckett leave so unless that situation changes we wont get him either. Who will that leave us with I wonder...
Get Fortune-West back - at least he'll give us some muscle up front. Drop McBreen and get Boyes and Fortune-West up front - get it shook up walker and get it sorted. This is bordering on the days of Brass - it's a bl00dy disgrace. My lad will certainly have something to say on Saturday if things go badly again and I can't blame him so you doo gooders, stick a sock in it when you try and criticise me for letting my youngun swear - he';s entitled to his opinion like the rest of us and at least he's venting his anger with his voice and not his fists (something that I've had problems with in the past, the very past may I add).
[quote][p][bold]speaks99[/bold] wrote: To be fair to Col he isn't suggesting we hang about for a month. He wants someone in ASAP himself as he has stated. However, I can't see the clubs letting Twiss and Richards come to York on a loan and Huddersfield have already stated that they wont let Beckett leave so unless that situation changes we wont get him either. Who will that leave us with I wonder...[/p][/quote]Get Fortune-West back - at least he'll give us some muscle up front. Drop McBreen and get Boyes and Fortune-West up front - get it shook up walker and get it sorted. This is bordering on the days of Brass - it's a bl00dy disgrace. My lad will certainly have something to say on Saturday if things go badly again and I can't blame him so you doo gooders, stick a sock in it when you try and criticise me for letting my youngun swear - he';s entitled to his opinion like the rest of us and at least he's venting his anger with his voice and not his fists (something that I've had problems with in the past, the very past may I add). Peter Dick

2:00pm Fri 10 Oct 08

walker1 says...

Dick strikes again....... you can just see him... "must think of something stupid to say...."
"get Fortune-West back"!

Idiot.
Dick strikes again....... you can just see him... "must think of something stupid to say...." "get Fortune-West back"! Idiot. walker1

2:02pm Fri 10 Oct 08

A user says...

There speaks the voice of reason!!!!!!
There speaks the voice of reason!!!!!! A user

2:15pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Russell Sprout says...

Dick, is that your real name? Your son is probably gonna end up like one of the yobs in the longhurst, u wanna control your son, despite how angry we all get watching York.

Message for Dinga - I cant meet you at the York station as im banned from the premisis after the incident after Stevenage game, so im getting a lift to Donny and I'll jump on the train there. Anyone who knows Dinga can you pass the message on. Cheers


We should sack Walker and get the Histon manager in, he is doing wonders at the moment.
Dick, is that your real name? Your son is probably gonna end up like one of the yobs in the longhurst, u wanna control your son, despite how angry we all get watching York. Message for Dinga - I cant meet you at the York station as im banned from the premisis after the incident after Stevenage game, so im getting a lift to Donny and I'll jump on the train there. Anyone who knows Dinga can you pass the message on. Cheers We should sack Walker and get the Histon manager in, he is doing wonders at the moment. Russell Sprout

2:26pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Fergie says...

Weve all stated the obvious, McBreen and Farrell cannot play together up front. They are too similar, both hold up players who need someone small and pacy alongside like Sodje or the forgotten man Boyes, please give the lad a break. It is only a matter of time until Col gets the sack. I predict a 2-0 defeat tomorrow with Col praising how proud he was in defeat and how they worked their socks off. Embarrassing!
Weve all stated the obvious, McBreen and Farrell cannot play together up front. They are too similar, both hold up players who need someone small and pacy alongside like Sodje or the forgotten man Boyes, please give the lad a break. It is only a matter of time until Col gets the sack. I predict a 2-0 defeat tomorrow with Col praising how proud he was in defeat and how they worked their socks off. Embarrassing! Fergie

2:48pm Fri 10 Oct 08

iandwightbenton says...

seems like a lot of talk but where is the action ??

Its 3pm now and not long left to get someone in before tomorrow, and certainly no time for a training session with the new player !!

It just doesn't seem professional anymore, sorry CW you just ain't the man for the job (OI Neil stop licking your lips you ain't having the No.1 seat either !)
seems like a lot of talk but where is the action ?? Its 3pm now and not long left to get someone in before tomorrow, and certainly no time for a training session with the new player !! It just doesn't seem professional anymore, sorry CW you just ain't the man for the job (OI Neil stop licking your lips you ain't having the No.1 seat either !) iandwightbenton

2:59pm Fri 10 Oct 08

A user says...

Seems to me that we often try to get loan players at the last minute and they get thrown straight into the team without any training - as iandwightbenton states. You can't expect these players to gell - unless of course the training session consists of a game of keepy-uppies and a jog round the field.....
Seems to me that we often try to get loan players at the last minute and they get thrown straight into the team without any training - as iandwightbenton states. You can't expect these players to gell - unless of course the training session consists of a game of keepy-uppies and a jog round the field..... A user

5:24pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Dave Smith says...

Can't believe CW still allowing Farrell to take pens.
Yes world class players do miss pens but more often than not they also score.
Farrell is a million miles off world class and hardly looks likely to score.
Give the job to someone with more mental toughness.
Not very professional from Colin opening discussing players currently with other clubs, I wonder how we would feel if certain managers were constantly touting Sodje and Boyes around.

Defeat tomorrow and definately Walker has to go.
Can't believe CW still allowing Farrell to take pens. Yes world class players do miss pens but more often than not they also score. Farrell is a million miles off world class and hardly looks likely to score. Give the job to someone with more mental toughness. Not very professional from Colin opening discussing players currently with other clubs, I wonder how we would feel if certain managers were constantly touting Sodje and Boyes around. Defeat tomorrow and definately Walker has to go. Dave Smith

5:47pm Fri 10 Oct 08

YORKCITYFC says...

iandwightbenton wrote:
seems like a lot of talk but where is the action ?? Its 3pm now and not long left to get someone in before tomorrow, and certainly no time for a training session with the new player !! It just doesn't seem professional anymore, sorry CW you just ain't the man for the job (OI Neil stop licking your lips you ain't having the No.1 seat either !)
Still no striker signed and none of the Woolford money spent seems like it was all talk - also agree anything other than three points and a convincing performance and it has to be time for a new manager - and if Col does go KICK REDFEARN OUT WITH HIM
[quote][p][bold]iandwightbenton[/bold] wrote: seems like a lot of talk but where is the action ?? Its 3pm now and not long left to get someone in before tomorrow, and certainly no time for a training session with the new player !! It just doesn't seem professional anymore, sorry CW you just ain't the man for the job (OI Neil stop licking your lips you ain't having the No.1 seat either !)[/p][/quote]Still no striker signed and none of the Woolford money spent seems like it was all talk - also agree anything other than three points and a convincing performance and it has to be time for a new manager - and if Col does go KICK REDFEARN OUT WITH HIM YORKCITYFC

6:39pm Fri 10 Oct 08

cityfan says...

yeh! get lost redfearn! one lose in six games is simply unacceptable!!! all you guys calling for the youth players to be included are the same ones calling for the so far succesful youth manager to be sacked? how will that help their development?
yeh! get lost redfearn! one lose in six games is simply unacceptable!!! all you guys calling for the youth players to be included are the same ones calling for the so far succesful youth manager to be sacked? how will that help their development? cityfan

7:28pm Fri 10 Oct 08

Lineker's Lad says...

I'd be pleased to see Clayton back but if we don't start creating chances he will make little difference. The team looks fairly solid throughout and it's good to see Ingham looking the part in goal, but we lack guile going forward and I just can't see us scoring many goals this season. I still think that we need a big numb centre forward to lead the line to help us get the goals to get us out of this league. It's a very physical division and with the dreadful standard of refereeing we see most weeks stifling good football I don't see us getting out any other way than by hitting a big man early and supporting him quickly. I'd suffer a season of such 'functional' football if it got us back into the Football League.
I'd be pleased to see Clayton back but if we don't start creating chances he will make little difference. The team looks fairly solid throughout and it's good to see Ingham looking the part in goal, but we lack guile going forward and I just can't see us scoring many goals this season. I still think that we need a big numb centre forward to lead the line to help us get the goals to get us out of this league. It's a very physical division and with the dreadful standard of refereeing we see most weeks stifling good football I don't see us getting out any other way than by hitting a big man early and supporting him quickly. I'd suffer a season of such 'functional' football if it got us back into the Football League. Lineker's Lad

7:54pm Fri 10 Oct 08

YORKCITYFC says...

cityfan wrote:
yeh! get lost redfearn! one lose in six games is simply unacceptable!!! all you guys calling for the youth players to be included are the same ones calling for the so far succesful youth manager to be sacked? how will that help their development?
Don't have a problem with Redfearn being youth tem manager, just don't want him to become first team manager.
[quote][p][bold]cityfan[/bold] wrote: yeh! get lost redfearn! one lose in six games is simply unacceptable!!! all you guys calling for the youth players to be included are the same ones calling for the so far succesful youth manager to be sacked? how will that help their development?[/p][/quote]Don't have a problem with Redfearn being youth tem manager, just don't want him to become first team manager. YORKCITYFC

8:25pm Fri 10 Oct 08

daveymcgurk says...

danny wright of histon would be perfect for city as he knows how to ruffle up defences,he caused us problem after problem this season and last.the obvious target is luke beckett who has scored goals at every club he has been at.michael twiss is a very good player but he is not a hitman and lets be fair city need one desperatly.justin richards best form was seasons 2004-2006 where he scored 35 goals in 79 appearances,again good player but not a hitman.now clayton donaldson is a 25+ goals a season man,a loan move till january would be very beneficial to a struggling city front line.
danny wright of histon would be perfect for city as he knows how to ruffle up defences,he caused us problem after problem this season and last.the obvious target is luke beckett who has scored goals at every club he has been at.michael twiss is a very good player but he is not a hitman and lets be fair city need one desperatly.justin richards best form was seasons 2004-2006 where he scored 35 goals in 79 appearances,again good player but not a hitman.now clayton donaldson is a 25+ goals a season man,a loan move till january would be very beneficial to a struggling city front line. daveymcgurk

9:14pm Fri 10 Oct 08

iainb says...

NO START AGAIN FOR BOYES,NO SIGN OF HOG EITHER.THIS IS A DIFFICULT LEAGUE TO GET OUT OF.LOOK AT OXFORD.I MUST ADMIT I HAVE GOT PISSY RECENTLY BUT A CHANGE OF MANAGER MAY NOT BE A GOOD IDEA.IF MUNTERS LIKE FARREL ARNT PERFORMING ITS DIFFICULT FOR THE MANAGER,TO PLAY BOYES ETC,IN CASE HE DOESNT LIVE UP TO THE FANS EXPECTATIOINS.THEN WE WILL BE SLAGGING OFF BOYES.LETS ALL GET BEHIND THE TEAM WE ADORE AND HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS.COME ON YORK.!!!!!!!
NO START AGAIN FOR BOYES,NO SIGN OF HOG EITHER.THIS IS A DIFFICULT LEAGUE TO GET OUT OF.LOOK AT OXFORD.I MUST ADMIT I HAVE GOT PISSY RECENTLY BUT A CHANGE OF MANAGER MAY NOT BE A GOOD IDEA.IF MUNTERS LIKE FARREL ARNT PERFORMING ITS DIFFICULT FOR THE MANAGER,TO PLAY BOYES ETC,IN CASE HE DOESNT LIVE UP TO THE FANS EXPECTATIOINS.THEN WE WILL BE SLAGGING OFF BOYES.LETS ALL GET BEHIND THE TEAM WE ADORE AND HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS.COME ON YORK.!!!!!!! iainb

12:23am Sat 11 Oct 08

PDH says...

Brilliant news, we might get Clayton in a months time, coming back from injury and not being match fit. He hadnt been playing in the first team or scoring goals when he was fit, he got injured playing for the reserves. Obviously these are all the ingrediants that will make him our goal scoring saviour? I THINK NOT.
Brilliant news, we might get Clayton in a months time, coming back from injury and not being match fit. He hadnt been playing in the first team or scoring goals when he was fit, he got injured playing for the reserves. Obviously these are all the ingrediants that will make him our goal scoring saviour? I THINK NOT. PDH

9:00am Sat 11 Oct 08

Southern Exile says...

What we need is pace and finishing not a big numb striker...

Donaldson & now Sodje cause mayhem in defences in this league, ball to feet and run at them, less of this hoof to the forwards who get mugged by centre halfs and no protection, it doesn't work!!!
What we need is pace and finishing not a big numb striker... Donaldson & now Sodje cause mayhem in defences in this league, ball to feet and run at them, less of this hoof to the forwards who get mugged by centre halfs and no protection, it doesn't work!!! Southern Exile

9:47am Sat 11 Oct 08

Lineker's Lad says...

I agree that a striker (or two) with pace and finishing power would be ideal, but until I win the Euromillions draw it would appear that big and numb is our best way forward. Also remember that if the rest of the team isn't capable of passing the ball into the right areas all the pace and goal-scoring ability in the world isn't going to be effective.
I agree that a striker (or two) with pace and finishing power would be ideal, but until I win the Euromillions draw it would appear that big and numb is our best way forward. Also remember that if the rest of the team isn't capable of passing the ball into the right areas all the pace and goal-scoring ability in the world isn't going to be effective. Lineker's Lad
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