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CONTRACT: Experienced defender joins the Blues

Rod McDonald commits for two years

3 August 2020

United have today signed experienced defender Rod McDonald on a two-year deal as he becomes the club’s second summer signing announcement.

McDonald, 28, cut his teeth in academy football with Stoke City and Manchester City before plying his trade on the non-league circuit.

A successful trial with Chris Wilder at Northampton saw him sign for the Cobblers in the summer of 2015, where over 50 appearances and a title winning campaign helped him to catch the eye of Coventry City, where he made the switch for an undisclosed fee.

Another successful spell followed with the Sky Blues before he joined Wimbledon, again for an undisclosed fee, in the summer of 2018.

Manager Chris Beech said: “I’m delighted to have Rod in with us. This is an excellent signing. He adds experience and know-how to a young and ambitious group of players.

“He's 6ft 3, a great age at 28, left-footed, commands the box well and wins the ball. He has very good feet on the deck and a very good out ball, something you don't always find in big centre halves.”

“Rod comes with the time-served benefit of playing experience,” he added. “Northampton, Coventry and Wimbledon have been his last three clubs, with the two latter teams paying decent transfer fees for him.

“He's been promoted from this division before, twice, so he knows what it takes to win League Two football matches and be successful. Hopefully our younger players around him will benefit from those experiences and from his guidance both on the pitch and at the training ground.”

“He is another player that complements our squad, adding to it, rather than doubling up. He’s got different traits to what we've got in the building, and options are always a great thing to have in football, especially if they're the right ones.”


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