Bradford City striker Clayton Donaldson has delivered an emotional Instagram message to Bantams’ supporters after making his debut for the club this weekend.
The well-travelled 35-year-old appeared at Valley Parade as Gary Bowyer’s side got their League Two campaign up and running with a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United. Donaldson started up front with James Vaughan, but neither could find the goal that would give the club a winning start.
The former Brentford and Birmingham striker was making his first appearance for his hometown club, 17 years after being released as a youth, facilitating a move to Hull City.
He didn’t appear once for the club he served as an apprentice, making this homecoming all the more special for the Jamaican international, as he revealed on the social media site.
“Very very proud to have finally made my full league debut at Valley Parade for @bcafcofficial on Saturday. What a feeling, words can’t describe the feeling.”
Donaldson joined the Bantams after leaving crisis-club Bolton Wanderers last season. Since 2014 he’s been plying his trade in the Championship, scoring 33 times in 117 outings for Birmingham before moves to Sheffield United and Bolton.
Clayton Donaldson should be a real force to be reckoned with in League Two. He’s a big, strong unit and can be the focal point of an attack that features a direct ball, or passes played into feet.
His homecoming is a fairy tale of sorts; cast aside by Bradford as a youth, he’s gone on to prove them wrong with a stellar career. Now, long after the personnel who binned him off have left, he can return to his boyhood club and make a lasting impression.
My only concern here is his choice of partner. I’d like to see him paired with a younger striker, someone who can do much of his running for him and feed off whatever scraps are produced.