Donaldson commits to Gateshead

26/11/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead's former Newcastle United attacking midfielder Ryan Donaldson has had his contract at the International Stadium extended.

The 21-year-old signed a half season deal with the Blue Square Bet Premier club in the summer but has now penned a contract until the end of the season.

Donaldson was in Newcastle's 16 in the Premier League on several occasions and made five appearances for the Magpies during the 2009/10 campaign.

He played one League Cup game the following season and a dozen games on loan at Hartlepool United in League One.


Ryan Donaldson


The Tynesider has scored three goals for Gateshead, all away, and manager Ian Bogie is delighted to tie the youngster down for the rest of the season.

"We gave Ryan time to adapt following his release from Newcastle," said Bogie "he has really blossomed and is a talented footballer with great attributes.

"He did not hit it off in the early games after we threw him in but has been our outstanding performer in recent weeks.

"The goal he scored at Wrexham recently was out of the top drawer, one of the best I've ever seen.

"You don't play for Newcastle United unless you are a good player and he is better than some players currently plying their trade in the Football League.

"We have given him a chance which he has grabbed with both hands. He is playing in a side that plays good football and is enjoying his time at Gateshead.

"It is a good piece of business to keep him at the club and I expect him to go from strength to strength over the next few months."

Donaldson is following in the footsteps of father Ian who scored 45 goals in 135 games for Gateshead during the 1980s.


Ryan Donaldson