Gateshead sign Ryan Donaldson

17/08/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have today signed former Newcastle United player Ryan Donaldson on an initial deal up to January 1st.

Donaldson, 21, is the son of former Gateshead striker Ian Donaldson who served the club with distinction during the 1980s.

Ryan Donaldson made two appearances for Newcastle and was a regular on the Magpies substitutes bench.


Ryan Donaldson


The Newcastle-born player, who can play in midfield or up front, made his league debut for United at the start of the 2009/10 season against Leicester City.

He made his full debut in a televised League Cup tie at Peterborough United and played again in the League Cup at Accrington Stanley the following season.

In 2011 Donaldson played 12 games on loan at League One club Hartlepool United during a two month loan spell at Victoria Park.

The former England youth international later had a brief loan period at Tranmere Rovers before he was released by Newcastle at the end of last season.

He has played for both Carlisle United and St.Johnstone in pre-season but is now back on his native Tyneside.

"Donaldson is a player I have been aware of for some time," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie "he has played against us on a number of occasions and is a good player.

"Like many of the players we have at the club he can play in more than one position which is always beneficial.

"He spent a lot of years at Newcastle, where he came through the ranks, and was in the first team picture without breaking into the side as a regular.

"I am delighted that we can offer him the chance to further develop his career in professional football and I am confident he will be a good acquisition."

Donaldson goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier home game against Forest Green Rovers.