Donaldson prepares for a century of Brentford starts
4:12pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
By Bruce Archer
Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson is delighted to be on the verge of a club milestone, and is promising to score the goals that will erase the heartbreak of last season.
If selected, Donaldson will make his 100th start for the Bees on Saturday in the League One trip to Gillingham’s Priestfield stadium.
It looks a formality as the former Crewe Alexandra, Hibernian, York City and Hull City striker started in the opening day draw at Port Vale, and in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United at Griffin Park.
Donaldson signed in 2011 after being released by Crewe, and hit 11 league goals in his first season and 18 last term.
Now, the 29-year-old is looking to score even more goals to fire Brentford to promotion – although there is more to the Bees’ push for the Championship than just Donaldson’s goals.
“I’ve always said I want to do better each year and I want more goals this time around,” he said.
“We deserved to go up last year, so to miss out in the way we did will drive us on.
“We have definitely improved the team, so why not?
“The club has a close-knit community feel to it.
“Brentford is a friendly club and every new player that comes here says the same thing. It’s easy for you to settle down and concentrate on your game.
“The atmosphere’s good. Everyone’s telling jokes and everyone gets on well and I think that’s the main thing.”
It is not always easy for new players to settle into a side, something Donaldson could testify to in his early days at Griffin Park, having made the move to London from Crewe.
He said: “It did take some getting used to. The lifestyle is so different in London than in Crewe.
“Everything is faster down here than up north, but once I got settled down, which did not take long at all, it was great and the club were always there for me.”
Now that the popular striker is closing in on a century of starts, that help from the club is all the more significant.
He said: “I definitely appreciate that now. Not many people reach 100 starts for a single club.
“It’s obviously a good thing to look back on as well at the end of my career.
“It will be a good day for me if I can get it at Gillingham, and something I will be proud of for a long time.”
Comments are closed on this article.