Striker seals return for remainder of the season

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Gillingham loan signing Cody McDonald said he’s buzzing to come back to Priestfield and aims to help the club get promoted.

The 26-year-old made his loan move to the club from Coventry City today (Friday, January 25th) having trained with the club earlier this week.

He made himself a fans favourite after arriving on loan from Norwich for the 2010/11 season, scoring 25 goals in 41 games.

He is in Martin Allen’s squad for the visit of York City tomorrow.

He said: “I’m buzzing, it’s a great opportunity for me to come back to Gillingham where I kick started my career really and hopefully I can play a part in the Gills getting promoted.

“I met with the Coventry Manager [Mark Robins] a couple of weeks ago and asked if it was a possibility that I could go out on loan, maybe until the end of the season and he said yes as long as they could find the right club and he was happy with it.

“My agent went from there and he came back and said Gillingham were looking to do something and I thought fantastic. Then it went a bit quiet and I thought it had died off but a couple of days ago I got a call saying everything is in place and could you make your way down.

“Nothing has really changed, all of the changing rooms are exactly the same, the lads have made me feel welcome and it puts your mind at ease when you have a good bunch.

“Thankfully it’s all sorted now and I’m here.”

McDonald admitted Allen was a huge factor in his return to the club.

“I spoke to him last night on the phone and he told me his plans for the rest of the season and what his aim was with me,” he said. “Straight away there was nothing not to like, he knows what he’s talking about and he’s proved that with results and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“Hopefully I can play a big part in him and the club getting success.”

He’s hoping he can return to form having found life at the Ricoh Arena difficult in the last year.

“I started at the beginning of last season in the team and unfortunately got a bad injury and faded out of the squad. I went in and out, got in the team towards the end of the season and was playing just as well as I was at the start,” he said.

“Since the new Manager came in he brought in new formations which perhaps didn’t suit my game and it hasn’t quite worked out this season.

“That doesn’t mean to say it won’t in the future, it’s an opportunity for me to try and guarantee a starting place and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The season I had here last time was all on confidence and I was going in to every game thinking I could score a goal.

“I think it’s important for me to get off to a good start here and hopefully if I do that I can do something similar to what I did before, but I don’t want to dwell on that and live on it.

“I’m here now, it’s a fresh start, I’m looking forward to the challenge, I’ve met the lads and there isn’t many that we here before but they seem a great bunch and have made me feel welcome. I can’t wait to get in and get started.”

He’s hoping he can add to the good vibe around the club and help the Gills towards promotion.

He said: “The lads are buzzing; they are not at the top end of the table for no reason. You can see the quality in the team; the manager has obviously come in and changed a few things and I’m always looking out for the results when I was at Coventry.

“They are doing great and hopefully we can continue that now.

“That [the league position] is a massive part of it – coming here in the first place was a great opportunity but to be where the lads are is a bonus. They are playing well and rightfully at the top end of the league, hopefully I can add that little bit and we’ll get promoted.”

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