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Donohue: "I just want to play as much as possible"

12 August 2016

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Fresh from signing a new two-year contract, midfielder-cum-defender Dion Donohue asserted his willingness to play in any position if it means a successful campaign for the club.

The Welshman made 20 appearances for Chesterfield in his maiden season and has started both matches so far in the fledgling 2016/17 campaign. 

On his new contract, Donohue said: “It has been coming a while really, The manager told me towards the end of last season that I would be getting a new deal, so I am just happy to finally get it over the line.

“It took me until christmas time to actually break into the side, so to get 20 appearances, I am pleased with that, especially in my first season, I was happy to be playing.

“Mark (Smith) was the manager at the time and he pulled me in on the Thursday and told me that I was going to start, I was quiet nervous, but I was happy more than anything just to be given a chance.”  

Although normally a central midfielder, the 22-year-old has often featured at left-back for the Spireites and claims that his non-league upbringing helped prepare him for the more physical side of defending. 

“Coming from non-league where I was playing in the men's game anyway, you learn to look after yourself, coming here it was a much quicker tempo and I had to adapt to that, but I think I have been doing alright. It was a culture shock, but a good one.

“Personally I would say my best position is central midfield, but sometimes the downside to having a left foot is that you get dragged in. 

“I am happy to do a job for the team, especially if it means playing, because that is the main thing, as long as you are in the team it doesn't really matter, I don't really care what position I am in, the main thing is that I am playing.”

Echoing the words of former Spireites favourite Drew Talbot, who went through a similar transition during his career, from forward to full-back, Donohue continued: “You never stop learning, I know I have got a lot to learn still, but you have to adapt yourself and keep wanting to learn. It is hard, but I am happy to do a job there for the team.

“I just want to play as much as possible, but hopefully we can have a good year and better our home form because last year we didn't really give the fans much at home.”

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