New kid on the block - Donaldson signed on
Durban - Dean Donaldson, not much springs to mind at the mention of that name, but the former Fynnlands striker is going to be trying his hardest to make sure that that is one name that is going to be remembered.
After training with the Rangers side for almost a year, Donaldson has finally cracked the grade and gotten the nod from the Maulers coach Gordon Igesund, whom has signed him on a years contract. Donaldson himself is quite upbeat about the recent happenings in his blossoming career and is intent on making the most of the opportunity afforded to him.
"I am quite happy to be finally included in the squad after this time, and only training with the squad is enlightenment enough to realise what a challenge the PSL is going to be this season."
With injuries and suspensions dogging the Maulers regular lineup - as well as the obvious dearth of goals from the regular strike-force of Zimbabwean Gilbert Mushanghazike and Kerryn Jordan, the coach has been turning over leaves in search of a striker that might produce the goods.
"One of our biggest problems this season has been the lack of goals, we just have'nt been striking the back of the net as consistently as we would like" laments Igesund, " you cant really have 5 different players scoring each time , but Keryn and Gilbert are tremendous workers and its just a matter of time before they find their rythm. Ready made quality strikers are hard to come by, and although Dean is still young - he is full of energy and enthusiasm. There are high hopes for him in the future."
The 22 year old Donaldson, hailing from the Bluff has had a colourful soccer career starting out from the junior ranks of Bayview football club and graduating through provincial soccer ranks in the colours of Natal and Eastern Transvaal before settling down at Fynnland.
"I realised it was now or never as I started to stagnate at Fynnland. I decided to make the jump to professional league and initially there was quite a gap. Its difficult to click when you're without a contract but the year of training with Rangers has made me realise what a sacrifice lies before me " says Donaldson.
And of the future ??
"Well, thats still to come and I'm taking it one day at a time - obviously, I still have to make the starting XI to make an impression and already there is a fierce competition for places so I have to work that much harder when Keryn and Gilbert come back - its going to be difficult, but I'm sure I can cope."
Good luck Mr. Donaldson!