Manager Mark Atkins says his surprise deadline day capture of striker Massiah McDonald is “a no brainer” as far as he is concerned.
McDonald returns to the Autoworld Arena having been released at the end of last season, and has since had spells at fellow Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division clubs Grantham Town and King’s Lynn.
McDonald received a bad boy reputation having received twenty yellow cards last season but Atkins is prepared to put that to bed.
“”We only let him go due to the financial situation for he did really well for us, putting in some fantastic performances and scoring some great goals. He’s a really good player and on his day he’s one of the best strikers in the league. He’s had a stop start season due to suspension but he comes here with a clean slate.”
Atkins added that he is back with the Gladiators on “nowhere near the terms he was on last season.”
“He wants to come here and play for us. He’s not on trial but he’ll be competing for a place with our other strikers and it’ll be great if he can reach the same performance levels as last season. To be honest I only had one problem with him last year and that’s been sorted. I’m more interested about what happens on the pitch. I suppose he comes here with a bit of a point to prove, and if he does well then we’ll definitely be interested in having him next season. For us it was a no brainer, we have nothing to lose.”
McDonald’s first game back at Matlock will be against Witton Albion on the 6th of April as he has a two match ban. Joining him in the Gladiators squad will be two more new signings in Chesterfield central defender Jack Broadhead, who is on loan at Matlock for the rest of the season and full back Jordan Jones, recently released by Mansfield Town.