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McDonnell Signs New Deal
Tuesday, 12th Jul 2016 16:09

Midfielder Adam McDonnell has signed the new contract which was offered to him at the end of last season, a deal which runs to the summer of 2018 with an option for a further year. The Blues had already activated a clause in the 19-year-old’s previous terms which would have run to 2016/17.

"The last few weeks my agent and the club have been talking but it's great to finally have it done and signed," the Irish U19 international told the club site.

Speaking on Saturday, following the friendly at Shelbourne, the side from whom he joined Town in the summer of 2014, McDonnell said his aim for the season is to feature more regularly in the Town first-team, having made his senior debut in the Capital One Cup at Doncaster and first Championship appearance at Derby on the final day of 2015/16, and also to break into the Irish U21 squad.

“Definitely to kick on more. Last year I was happy to make the bench. This year I want to be playing. To kick on 100 per cent,” he said.

“Last year was the U19s [with Ireland] but now it’s the U21s so this year I’ll be aiming to make the U21s definitely.”

Manager Mick McCarthy told the club site:" Adam's progressing all the time. He had a disruptive start to his career, he couldn't play because of the FIFA regulations that said he couldn't [play competitively at any level] until he was 18.

"So he was training but he couldn't play and he got homesick because it affected him. He's settled down now, though, and I thought he played really well in the Derby game so hopefully he'll continue to progress so we can see him as a first-team player.”

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bohslegend added 16:39 - Jul 12
Well done Adam.

brian_a_mul added 17:00 - Jul 12
Well done Adam

On the international front, Ireland will be looking at younger players with the World Cup qualifiers coming up soon. The past two seasons Championship midfielders Hendrick, Judge, O Kane, Arter (now Premier league) have all been giving a chance with Ireland. Its a great time and motivation to really put the hand up for both club and country.

12th_Man added 17:13 - Jul 12
Dose this country as a signing

jas0999 added 17:22 - Jul 12
This is good news!

Eireannach_gorm added 17:24 - Jul 12
Good news. Hope we play him on a regular basis now.

muccletonjoe added 18:02 - Jul 12
Great news. Has the potential to be our best up and coming midfielder

RobTheMonk added 18:07 - Jul 12
You know what, sure it's frustrating that we're not getting these expensive marquee signings. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing these kids progressing: McDonnel, Dozzel, Bishop, Morris, Emmanuel, Blanchfield, Patterson, Kenlock, Robsinson and there's a few more promising ones. Really hope they get a chance to shine and that they take their opportunity.

Pilgrimblue added 18:20 - Jul 12
Difficult to comment as like many i haven't seen him BUT would prefer MM to use his pool of youth rather than Douglas/Skuse/Murphy etc who are so slow and predictable. I'd make Mcg captain and build team using Bish Emmanual Paterson Dozzel Webster and say to the older players that their role is to help the youth, if they don't like it then buzz off. Maybe we wont get promoted but the future would be better and the football would be more enjoyable for fans and players. Time for MM to show he's not all hoofball and get fans back into PR

rinkydinkpanther added 18:27 - Jul 12

(Time to start celebrating signings we already have, because that's probably the only way to come by any excitement this close season.)

essextractorboy93 added 20:04 - Jul 12
Really good to see lots of young players coming through and getting their chance in the first team, something we all want to see! He did really well in the Derby game and didn't look out of place, I'm sure he will kick on this season.

MarkFish added 21:20 - Jul 12
Oh good😀
Thought it was gonna be bloody batistuta.

wilnisfan added 05:21 - Jul 13
Im sure he will be hungry having been forced to play non-competitive games only. Looking forward to seeing him play this season. Seems Mick is finally building the wing based 442 of his dreams. Experienced pros and upcoming youngsters!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 06:07 - Jul 13
Good news at last. I'd rather watch our home-grown lads get their chance than hire someone else's cast-offs.

Lightningboy added 11:19 - Jul 13
I personally would prefer / love nothing more than to see us giving the likes of McDonnell,Dozzell,Kenlock,Emanuel etc etc a "decent" run in the team this season (and I don't just mean the apparently meaningless cup games Mick)...let's use what we already have under our very noses rather than bringing in the endless list of journeymen like the Feeneys,Toures,Elliotts etc etc of this world who very rarely get you anywhere.

And give them a "decent" chance Mick - not shun them for making the odd error here and there.

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