By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Shaquille McDonald has today signed for National League North club Nuneaton Town FC.
20 year old Shaquille, who recently left Derby County after two seasons of prolific goal-scoring for their Under 21 side, turned down interest from a number of League and Scottish clubs to sign at Liberty Way – putting pen to paper on an one year contract.
Explaining the move and pictured here with Shaq, Full Contact’s Head of Football Lee Payne said “Two years ago this summer, when Derby County signed Shaq aged 18, I was talking about one of the most promising young English strikers I had ever seen. The fact that he has then scored a big number of goals in Under 21 football over that two year period but still not being sought after as a regular starter by League clubs probably says more about our Academy system and others than it does Shaq. We had options for Shaq to join a Football League club, but the message being given out was that he might spend another year in the Under 21’s or on the bench or played out wide – and we just want to see Shaq play now and play as an out and out striker. Even in a long loan at Halifax he was only given 4 League starts, but he still managed 2 goals, and his goals to games ratio throughout his career has always been superb. We thought long and hard about this, but with Nuneaton being full-time, with our history at the club with players such as Kelle Roos, Freddie Ladapo, Reice Charles-Cook and Christian Dibble all benefitting hugely from their time here, with Zeus still here and of course Kevin Wilson and Steve Chettle being in charge – who we know well from Ilkeston days – it just seemed the right place for Shaq to now convert what he has been doing for years in Academy football in to senior football. If he can score a lot of goals here, then he will have an exciting career ahead of him. Shaq is confident and he wanted to make this move more than anyone – the odd Marcus Rashford’s aside, not many clubs want to take a chance on a young striker in senior League football, so this is the way for Shaq to prove to people how talented he is.”
We wish Shaquille and Nuneaton Town all the best for next season.
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