Coventry City striker Cody McDonald has settled instantly at Gillingham says assistant boss John Schofield
Gillingham assistant manager John Schofield
has been impressed with Cody McDonald’s sharp shooting in
Coventry striker is all set to join the Gills on loan until the end
of the season - with a deal set to be signed before this weekend's
game against York City.
And Schofield has been delighted with the
way McDonald has blended into the squad.
“He has been training with us and he has
looked good,” said the Gills number two.
“He has looked sharp with some good
finishing and he has mixed with the lads well, which is very
important. Any player that comes to train with us needs to fit into
“We have got a set of lads working hard,
supervised and unsupervised, to prolong their careers and be the
best they can be and anyone who comes to even train with us, let
alone join us, needs to be the right animal.”
McDonald hasn’t played in competitive
action for over a month and Schofield admits the front-man – who
top scored for the Gills in the 2010/11 season – needs games to get
The Gills assistant boss said: “He
certainly looks sharp and is he match fit? Well he hasn’t been
playing games for Coventry, so he is probably not going to be up to
full speed, but he certainly looked sharp in training and his eye
for goal has been there for all to see.”
McDonald, 26, has yet to sign officially
but that is understood to be a formality.
Coventry manager Mark Robins, speaking
about the move, hopes McDonald rekindles his scoring touch but
revealed that the League 1 side will retain a call-back clause
after the first month of the loan deal is complete.
“He’s our player so it’s in his interest
and our interest for him to get some games under his belt,”
Robins told the Coventry Telegraph.
“And if he does really well and we think we
need him back we’ve got that recall.”
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