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Donohue Out to Prove Himself

22 September 2015

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Midfielder Dion Donohue has forced his way into the Chesterfield squad and made his debut as a substitute in the recent draw with Colchester United.

The 22-year-old Liverpudlian came through the ranks at Everton, but seemed to be drifting away from league football, signed from Sutton Coldfield Town in the summer after impressing on trial.

Donohue talks through his route to the Proact: "I signed for Everton at the age of ten, but was released just before my 16th birthday for being too small. Then I carried on playing in the lower leagues in Wales and then moved to Birmingham last year to play for Sutton Coldfield Town. Then luckily Chesterfield came in and gave me another opportunity.

"I took the route of going to college and studying different things because I thought that when you get to 21 there's not many players that come back and make it from there, I've been quite fortunate."

Donohue soon had the chance to impress the watching Spireites scouts, though his misfortune nearly cost him his chance to show what he can do - all of which was unknown to the midfielder.

"I didn't know any of it at all," he explained. "It was funny because the actual game when I did find out I broke my cheekbone and it was Liam Sutcliffe who took me down to the hospital.

"That was one of the last games of last season and it was the first I knew about the interest, before that I didn't have a clue. It was a big surprise really, a big shock."

Having been invited into the club for a trial, Donohue did enough to earn a 12-month contract, with his job now to deserve another one next summer.

"They said to come here and do what I can do," he said. "They said not to be nervous and luckily I've done that and got myself a contract.

"After making my debut on Saturday I hope to add to that now, get on the pitch a bit more and see what they say, I have to go out and prove myself and try to earn another contract."

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