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Scott Donnelly

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Name: Scott Paul Donnelly

Club: Swansea City

Age: 22

Date of Birth: 25 December 1987 < :P

Position: Central Midfield/Right Midfield

International: Previous England U17.

SM Rating: 73

Donnelley is a player who has taken time to develop, after being plauged with injuries and having to fight hard to make his way back up the football league chain. He started his career very promisingly, at QPR. He made his first team debut at the tender age of 16 in October 2004, unfortunately, QPR went on too loose that game to Preston 2-1. None the less, its was a good start, and he slowly began to progress from there. He managed to earn himself a contract with QPR in late 2006, but after a series of injuries Donnelly was realeased from QPR, after making roughly a dozen appearances.

He then had too get himself back fit, which he did in due course. Once fully fit, he began playing again at Non-League side Weadelstone, where he was fortunate enough to score on his debut. After a handful of impressive performances, Donnelly was then provided a lifeline by Aldershot Town, as he was offered a contract by the soon to be the League two Side after a successful trial with the Southern club. The deal was made in July 2007, and he was signed with plently of time to work on his fitness in time for the up and coming season. That year Donnelly had numerous appearances, but sadly they were mainly from the bench. However, Donnelley did manage to impress the boss (Gary Waddock) enough to be offered a further contract extension for the 2008-09 season, which fortunatley for Donnelley would be of a much higher standard, as Aldershot were gleefully promoted back to the heights of the football league, after topping the Conference table that season. They were helped greatly though by Donnelley, who managed to score a late equaliser in the game at Exeter which was the goal which finally sealed promotion for the Shots after a 16 year abstance for the top tiers of English football.

With great fortune, Donnelley took the place of a retiring oldie' and began to make the Central Midfield position his own that year (2008-09). His central midfield partner was in the form of Scott Davies (who at the time was on loan from Reading). The first game for Aldershot after their return to the football league was against Accrington, away. Both players started the game, but one was to be remembered for greater reasons the other. Expectations were high for Donnelley after taking on such an improtant role, but he was able to deliver. He was able to curl a lovely free kick into the top corner, not only to ensure a vital point for the Shots, but it was also the first goal for Aldershot after their return from extinction, it was a day to remember for both fans, and Donnelley alike. He went on to make a handful of appearances that year, and helped the Shots to a nice total of 54 points in their first year back, meaning they would finish in a confortable in Mid-Table position. (12th).

At the start of the 09-10 season (Last season), many Shots fans such as myself were devestated to see the departure of Scott Davies (as he was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers), as he had been the rock in our midfield for the past two seasons, he was to join boss Gary Waddock who had departed at the end of the previous season, only to be replaced by Kevin Dillon, whom showed great faith in Donnelley's ability, and with expectations now becoming even heavier on Donnelley's shoulders after Davies' deparute, he knew he would have to perform. He would have to follow in Davies' shoes, as he would now have to lead by example, even though he was still at such a young age. Davies in his time was rightly our set piece specialist, but that was a job Donnelley himself embraced gracefully, as he began to take every Set-Piece we recieved, whether it be a corner, free-kick or even a penalty, which he soon became a master at. As the season progressed, Donnelley was occasionally pushed up slightly into the AM position, which suited his type of play very well. He popped up with a goal or too from there on, but his main contributions can be from assists, mainly from corners and free-kicks, but also his great vision came in very handy, as it allowed many of the other team to shine, after latching onto crafty passes layed off by Donnelley, although this did not see him get direct recignition, Donnelley did not go un-noticed. He was praised continuously by the manager, and frequently recieved the MoM award. Not only that, but a host of pundits had also had their say on him, as he was clearly leaving his mark on the footballing stage. As the season drew to a close, Aldershot narrowly scraped a place in the play-offs. Donnelley was instrumental in the Shots impressive run, as it was still only their second season back in the football league. Sadly, the Shots were knocked out by Rotherham after loosing both games (1st and 2nd Leg) quite dredfully a few months back. None the less, it was a very impressive season for Donnelley, and one which saw him finally get all the praise he deserved. He was then rewarded for his hard-work with his nomination for Shots player of the year, which i myself believe he was, closely followed by Ben Herd. It was a good all round end to the season for the young gun, and one which saw him take giant leaps towards greater success.

In this Summer Transfer Window, Donnelley had a whole bunch of clubs fighting for his signature, although these were mainly from the lower League's such as League 1 and 2. It seemed almost certain that Donnelley was set to re-join his old boss Gary Waddock at Wycombe, but tides soon changed when Championship side Swansea City came asking for his signature. Donnelley was quick to take up the proposal, as he knew it was his chance to return to his past heights, and hopefully this time to be free from injury. The deal was then finalised on the 23rd June, 2010, and he left the Shots gracefully after a satisfactory three years at the club.

He will be greatly missed by supporters, just like myself, but we all wish him the best of luck. It is a big step for Donnelley, as their is a great difference between League 2 football and Championship football. Never the less, it is a step i feel Donnelley is capable of making. He is a truly class player, and in time could be a key player for his new side. In his first season, he will probably be used as a fringe player, and given a few games to up his confidence and also allow him to adjust to the heights of Championship football. There has also been talk of a loan move, which would see him guaranteed first team football. Personally, he is my favourite player who i have seen pass through the gates of the Shots in recent years. He has great ability, and reminds me greatly of a developing Lampard. He has great vision, and his eye for goal is also a key asset. He's not afraid to get stuck in for a little man, and always gives his all. Besides, Lampard was out on loan at Swansea once.. so you never know.. :P

As previously stated at the beginning of the post, Donnelly is currently rated 73 on the SM Database, which means he is a very cheap buy. He will cost you roughly 125k.. which is practically nothing to almost all managers, unless your on a tight budget. In terms of his rating, i can see him progressing very gradually. With a few apps next season at Swansea.. he could easily be hitting the low 80's, but it all depends on how his season works out. All in all though, i strongly recommend you purchase him, even if it does take time for him to rise significently, i can still see it being a worth-while purchase. Hopefully in seasons to come he can be makring his place in the Swansea side, and putting in a strong case to start every week. Also, hopefully he can be showing glimpses of his true potential just like he did at the Shots, such as with the following video..which i will leave with you to admire. Enjoy; ;)

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Also, this is my return to scouting.. so all comments would be welcome (Constructive though please)

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Cheers,

Bourkey.

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Update:

Played 90 Minutes in a 2-1 win at Port Talbot Town. He didnt score, but managed to set up both goals and also played a key role in the centre of midfield, with a few good shots by the sounds of it.

Full report can be found here: http://www.swanseacity.net/page/Latest/0,,10354~2088998,00.html

Also the Swans have a pre-season game tonight, so hopefully he can feature in that. (Hes starting on the bench, with what looks to be a very strong squad picked by the Swans) - http://www.swanseacity.net/page/Latest/0,,10354~2091395,00.html

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Obviously heard about him but now i'm 10 times more excited about the signing of Donnelly.

Great report, as good as it gets, and you can see there was a lot of work put into.

As for the Port Talbot game, he was the best player on the pitch and impressed every Swansea fan who went to the game.

EDIT: By the way that's pretty much the first XI playing for tonight, and he should feature.

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Obviously heard about him but now i'm 10 times more excited about the signing of Donnelly.

Great report' date=' as good as it gets, and you can see there was a lot of work put into.

As for the Port Talbot game, he was the best player on the pitch and impressed every Swansea fan who went to the game.[/quote']

Good to hear he did so well, :) and thanks for the support on the write up :) Lets see what he can do tonight.. :D

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He came on in the 62nd minute with a host of other players, and it looks he did fairly well. It says that in the 79th minute he had a shot which managed to beat the keeper, but sadly it felt just wide of the goal. Not too much else in their, but acleast his getting on and gaining some valuable experience.. he'll need it if hes going to be stepping up to the plate next season. :)

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Went to the friendly today, obvious reasons with Trundle's debut for Neath and all.

Donnelly played 85 minutes before given a late rest. Scored with a diving header early on, controlled the tempo of the game and was the best player on the pitch depite three or four first teamers on display. He found the space really well and played very much like the departing Leon Britton, so he could play in that role and get a lot of first team football.

From todays performance i could see him getting a lot of first team football this season, i'm really fond of him and would love him to get regular football football this season. Although we were playing average Welsh Premier League opposition in Neath so i'm not getting two carried away.

Predicted Rise: 73 - 80/79

Very early mind you.

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Went to the friendly today' date=' obvious reasons with Trundle's debut for Neath and all.

Donnelly played 85 minutes before given a late rest. Scored with a diving header early on, controlled the tempo of the game and was the best player on the pitch depite three or four first teamers on display. He found the space really well and played very much like the departing Leon Britton, so he could play in that role and get a lot of first team football.

From todays performance i could see him getting a lot of first team football this season, i'm really fond of him and would love him to get regular football football this season. Although we were playing average Welsh Premier League opposition in Neath so i'm not getting two carried away.

[b']Predicted Rise: 73 - 80/79[/b]

Very early mind you.

Sounds like he did well from the report i just read aswell. Very impressed with how well he's settled in within such a short space of time.

Really hope he starts and this Preseason isnt all for nothing, and i have to agree if he plays his rise could be massive.. i just hope he gets played, and if he keeps these stunning perforamcnes up i dont see why not. :)

Cheers for that aswell mate, always good to hear about him. :)

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Sounds like he did well from the report i just read aswell. Very impressed with how well he's settled in within such a short space of time.

Really hope he starts and this Preseason isnt all for nothing' date=' and i have to agree if he plays his rise could be massive.. i just hope he gets played, and if he keeps these stunning perforamcnes up i dont see why not. :)

Cheers for that aswell mate, always good to hear about him. :)[/quote']

Well you know Dean Mcdonald aswell don't you. Well he played his debut on trial and had a good first half but looked tired in the second half.

It depends on Rodgers views on him, and he hasn't seen him play yet as he hasn't tooken over yet. This would be my personal opinion of who should play in order from our centre-midfielders (we'll almost certainly play three CM's):

Darren Pratley

Joe Allen (Inj)

Ferrie Bodde (Serious Inj)

Andrea Orlandi (Likely to leave)

Scott Donnelly

Mark Gower

Jordi Lopez

Shaun McDonald

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Started on the bench today for the friendly with Llanelli today.

Swansea are 4-1 up, and he's been brought on for the last 23 minutes. Swansea go off for the Dutch tour after tonight's game where the first team will be on display more frequently and i expect him to get a couple of starts in that, hopefully the first team will be displayed for the first time so we can see where Donnelly will fit in the squad.

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Started on the bench today for the friendly with Llanelli today.

Swansea are 4-1 up' date=' and he's been brought on for the last 23 minutes. Swansea go off for the Dutch tour after tonight's game where the first team will be on display more frequently and i expect him to get a couple of starts in that, hopefully the first team will be displayed for the first time so we can see where Donnelly will fit in the squad.[/quote']

Im just happy hes getting some game time. :) Hopefully he can impress in Holland and then at a push he could be starting by the opening day, but as long as he leaves a good impression il be happy. :)

I love you' date=' :P I just found that Donnelly is a free agent in my Gillingham setup :D

Great find by the way[/quote']

Aha thank you :)

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Subbed in after 73 minutes yesterday in the Swans 1-0 over Cheltenham Town. A very strong first team squad was picked' date=' so for him to still be getting subbed on is good. :)[/quote']

Yeh, went to the game. He did do very well, attracted the ball and got Swansea going with some decent passing, energetic and was right across the pitch on the right, left and down the middle. He had a free-kick from 25 yards out, and came very close to scoring but it was a very good free-kick.

It was a possitive performance from him and for me he probably made the most impact of the 8 or 9 subs that did come on.

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Played again tonight' date=' came on at half-time for Jordi Lopez.

Scored five minutes into being brought on, as Swansea's fourth goal as they beat VCS 9-1 very comfortably. :D[/quote']

Wooo :) Good to hear hes taking his chances when the come along :D Cheers for all the updates mate. :)

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Wants to go out on loan, he's at a standard off first team Championship football but the fact is we've got so much quality in the middle of midfield and aswell as that Rodgers is looking to get Henri Lansbury & Kemy Agustien into the club. They shouldn't join for a while as there both injured, but i'd be suprised if they didn't eventually join.

Anyway here's all the centre-midfielders he's got competition with:

David Cotterill - STARTER - 84

Darren Pratley - STARTER - 83

Mark Gower - STARTER - 83

Joe Allen - STARTER - 82

Andrea Orlandi - STARTER - 82

Jordi Lopez - RESERVE - 82

Shaun McDonald - RESERVE - 76

Scott Donnelly - RESERVE - 73

With that we have five players who will start really, in a centre midfield three. Meaning a bit of rotation, for now we'll be keeping Lopez but he'll be out on loan if we bring in Agustien & Lansbury or even just one of them. Rodgers wants to cut down his squad and he should be happy to loan Scott Donnelly out to a higher League 1 side, where he'll get regular football. We'll have to see where he ends up.

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Made just his second appearance for Swansea this season, coming on for the last 9 minutes as a sub for Andrea Orlandi.

He is a good player, just a lot of competition which is only going to increase, Cotterill and Van Der Gun have transformed into centre-midfielders whilst Kemy Agustien has done well and will be a first teamer. This leaves Kemy Agustien, Mark Gower, David Cotterill, Darren Pratley, Jordi Lopez, Cedric Van Der Gun, Andrea Orlandi, Joe Allen and when he comes back Ferrie Bodde for competition, making him in affect the 10th choice centre-midfielder. Pretty hard on him, quiet unbeliavable that we do have 11 Championship quality centre-midfielders - Rodgers needs to get rid of Lopez & Orlandi immeadiatly and maybe give Donnelly some time out on loan.

But ... Van Der Gun looks set to leave in either January or in the summer as he's looking for first team football. Whilst Pratley is out of contract in the summer, and there's no progression on his contract talks.

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Made just his second appearance for Swansea this season' date=' coming on for the last 9 minutes as a sub for Andrea Orlandi.

He is a good player, just a lot of competition which is only going to increase, Cotterill and Van Der Gun have transformed into centre-midfielders whilst Kemy Agustien has done well and will be a first teamer. This leaves Kemy Agustien, Mark Gower, David Cotterill, Darren Pratley, Jordi Lopez, Cedric Van Der Gun, Andrea Orlandi, Joe Allen and when he comes back Ferrie Bodde for competition, making him in affect the 10th choice centre-midfielder. Pretty hard on him, quiet unbeliavable that we do have 11 Championship quality centre-midfielders - Rodgers needs to get rid of Lopez & Orlandi immeadiatly and maybe give Donnelly some time out on loan.

But ... Van Der Gun looks set to leave in either January or in the summer as he's looking for first team football. Whilst Pratley is out of contract in the summer, and there's no progression on his contract talks.[/quote']

A loan back to Aldershot would to greatly right now!

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Loaned out to League 2 Wycombe for the rest of the season, his transfer will be confirmed on New Years Day but will be ineligible on New Years Day - but will be eligible for the 3rd January.

Only 63 minutes this season for Swansea so it's a good chance for him to get some regular football. Very good for him. :)

http://www.swanseacity.net/page/Latest/0,,10354~2254397,00.html

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