Declan signs 2 year contract
Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:43:48 PM
Sixteen year old Declan McDonald, who was on the bench last Saturday against Stenhousemuir, tonight signed a two year contract with the club. Declan made his senior appearance for "The Wasps" last season in the Stirlingshire Cup v. Stenhousemuir on 5th April, 2016 at 15 years and 84 days, scoring in a 2-0 victory, making him the youngest player to score for the club in a competitive match and was the first Alloa Athletic player to be selected by the SFA for their under-age international teams having now represented his country on 4 occasions at Under 14 & Under 15 level.
Alloa Athletic manager was delighted to offer Declan a two year contract,
"Declan is player who is being watched by a number of clubs, I think we are very fortune to have him here he is such s good prospect. He is not the finished article, he is still a young man only just turned sixteen, but the reports I get from our Academy Coaches headed by Graeme Liveston, and they have done wonders with him. I have also been speaking to his Uncle Kevin McDonald, who himself played senior football with Dundee United and Ross County, and Declan since the turn of the year. We know that there has been a couple of clubs in the Premier League and Championship that have been sniffing about him.
I felt we could give him the best opportunity to develop and get him involved with the first team, we will get him training with the first team regularly as of next season, he travels with us at the moment to games, and get him involved with the first team squad. We have offered him all of those kind of things to try and encourage him and make him believe Alloa is the correct place for him at this time in his career. We are absolutely delighted and over the moon that he has agreed to sign a two year contract.
I’m a great believer if you are good enough you are old enough, it’s an old cliché, absolutely but it is one I stand by. If Declan continues to do in training with us and playing against the quality of first team players we’ve got, then there is absolutely no doubt in my mind he could go on and make an impression on the first team. That does not mean he will be a regular first team player as early as next season, but it is up to Declan. I’m showing him faith and confidence in him, I believe in him, Graeme Liveston certainly believes in him. So Declan now needs to listen, learn and continue to develop, he still has plenty of growing still to do but he is an exciting prospect. He has great attributes - an old fashioned type striker, he is quite physical but he has great feet and he certainly has an eye for goal that has been recognised by him by him being involved in Scottish International under age squads as well. So very lucky to have him and looking forward now to see how he develops in the coming years."
Jim Goodwin & Declan McDonald