ALFRETON Town’s latest signing, goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell is set to make his debut in this Saturday’s FA Trophy third round tie at Mansfield Town.
The 6’2’’ keeper has joined the Reds on a month’s long loan deal from Sheffield Wednesday and is set to be thrown in against the Stags this weekend.
The Reds quickly moved for O’Donnell after recent signing, former Peterborough United keeper James McKeown, opted to take up an attractive offer of a contract with a Dutch club last week and departed the Impact Arena without playing a game!
Twenty-two-year-old O’Donnell’s loan period with the Reds will be his fifth loan spell away from Hillsborough having previously enjoyed stints at York City, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic and latterly with Grimsby Town where he made ten appearances for the Mariners.
O`Donnell signed a one-year contract with Wednesday in May 2007 after stepping up from scholarship level. He was offered a further contract in the summer of 2008 following the departure of fellow goalkeeper Rob Burch and saw that deal extended twelve months later.
Richard went with the Wednesday first-team squad to the USA in the summer of 2006 and played at the friendly at Burton Albion later that month, before being called onto the bench for the Carling Cup tie with Wrexham in August 2006.
And Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley intimated that there will be plenty more activity on the in-coming side at the club in the next week or so.
He said: “We have recognised the tests that lie ahead and the volume of league games we have coming up in a short period and are looking to equip ourselves for the run in.
“The fans can look forward to at least two more new faces coming into the club in the next few days and we will be strengthening still further if necessary.”
Two out on loan
Meanwhile, the club have sent two strikers out on loan in a bid to gain much-needed match fitness.
Anthony Wilson has joined Matlock Town until February 26 inclusive and Chris Hall to Stocksbridge Park Steels until February 27 inclusive.
No return for Flint
Meanwhile, fans’ hopes that Aden Flint may return to Alfreton Town on loan until the end of the season have been ended by the player himself.
The 21-year-old was given the option to return to Alfreton on loan by Swindon Town but he has decided to stay and try and fight for a first team place in Wiltshire.
Flint has made Swindon Town’s bench for the club’s last two npower League One games and has decided his immediate future lies with the Robins where he is trying to fulfil his aims of forging a Football League career.
Reds chairman Wayne Bradley added: “Aden has left the club with the very best wishes from us all. We can fully understand his decision and hope he goes on to have a very successful league career and progresses even further.”