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Notts County Secure Defensive Reinforcement with Rod McDonald Signing


Notts County have strengthened their defensive line-up with the acquisition of Harrogate Town defender, Rod McDonald.

The 32-year-old, who boasts over 200 EFL appearances, joins the team for an undisclosed fee and has penned a two-year contract.

Richard Montague, a board member who leads on recruitment, expressed his enthusiasm: “Rod, with his proven track record as a robust EFL defender, brings exceptional depth to our backline.

“As well as his excellent defensive attributes, physical presence, and ball-handling abilities, he adds leadership and experience to the squad.

“Having won two promotions from this division and being named Crewe’s Player of the Season in 2022-23, we have every confidence he will be a significant addition to the team."

McDonald began his career as a youngster at Manchester City and Stoke City before making his way into the EFL by showcasing his talents in non-league football.

Chris Wilder provided McDonald with his EFL opportunity, signing him for Northampton Town and seeing him become a regular starter in the 2015-16 League Two title-winning side.

McDonald's next move took him to Coventry City, where he was part of the squad that defeated Notts County in the 2018 League Two play-offs, before he headed south to play League One football with AFC Wimbledon.

Two years at Carlisle United followed, culminating in his award-winning season at Crewe which eventually led to his move to Harrogate.

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he looks handy and tall, which should help with the aerial threats. i am pleased to see we have brought in some experience at the back because it should help the defence out.

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I agree, it’s beneficial to bring in some seasoned players with the new signings and hopefully, Rod McDonald will vie for his spot in the starting eleven. To me, the move seems more like a reserve signing, but that’s not a negative thing and I’m confident he will dedicate himself fully to the club. I’m pleased to see the defence bolstered even more, it’s quite promising to witness.

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This is precisely the kind of signing we require, not solely due to his experience or the number of EFL matches he’s played, but also his stature and mindset. The club is doing a commendable job in introducing voices on the field, Rod McDonald will undoubtedly interact effectively with his colleagues. I believe it’s a splendid acquisition.

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Welcome to Rod McDonald another addition to our defensive squad which is starting to look very strong now.

He is apparently strong in the air and is good at passing which will be a strong point for Notts.

A "Rolls Royce of a centre back" was how he was described as by a Harrogate supporter on social media.

The Notts management have identified where we need strengthening and boy they are really doing something about it big time.

Three new first class central defenders on the Notts books is a dream come true for all Notts supporters.

With the total of 5 new additions, I would like to see an additional central Midfielder & a right footed wing back that would complete a fantastic transfer window for Notts.

The new season cannot come quick enough can it 

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This is a brilliant move by Notts County. Rod McDonald has a lot of experience in both League One and League Two, which is exactly what we need to solidify our defence. His leadership qualities and understanding of the game will be crucial in leading our backline. Plus, anytime you can bring in a player who's been consistently good, like being named Player of the Season, is a win in my book.

Rod’s journey through various clubs, starting from youth academies at big names like Manchester City and Stoke City, and then proving himself in non-league, shows his determination and grit. It’s also reassuring that his previous managers, like Chris Wilder, saw his potential. This looks like a very smart signing by the club, and I’m excited to see him in the Notts County kit soon!

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In my view, it’s a sound signing. He brings a wealth of experience and two promotions to his credit. This will prove beneficial when the matches start coming in quick succession. Hopefully, he’ll be a commanding voice on the field, which is precisely what we need. Welcome to Meadow Lane, Rod McDonald.

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Delighted to hear about Rod McDonald joining our ranks at Notts County. His vast EFL experience and versatility will certainly bolster our defence. It’s evident from his past stints at clubs like Northampton, Coventry, and Crewe that he brings not just skill but also a winning mentality. It’ll be interesting to see how Coach utilises his ability both defensively and in building play from the back. Our backline will surely benefit from his leadership and on-pitch guidance. Plus, having someone who’s been through the grind and achieved promotions is always a positive influence on the squad. Looking forward to what he can bring to the table this season!

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Leadership is what Notts needed and looks Like Rod has it. That's No disrespect to Macca, who's taken over the role of Captain. It's just I feel in a Defensive position Rod will have a wider view of the game and can Marshal the Defence  and this will not  only help Macca leaving him Free to concentrate on scoring Goals, but his Experience will also Benefit the Younger members of the Squad.

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