Cody looking to be a hit in League One
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 July 2010
Cody McDonald believes he could prove to be a secret weapon for Norwich City in League One next season. The Canaries striker has just one start in full-time football under his belt, but carries the hopes of a legion of new fans as City look to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Cody McDonald believes he could prove to be a secret weapon for Norwich City in League One next season.
The Canaries striker has just one start in full-time football under his belt, but carries the hopes of a legion of new fans as City look to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt.
And if the pressure is on, then the lively 23-year-old isn't feeling it.
“Is there really pressure on me?” he said.
“I'm not sure - I've just come out of non-league football, I'm a bit of a dark horse, not a lot of people know about me.
“I suppose there is some pressure because I'm a striker, I'm there to score goals and I am basically there, as the rest of the team are, to get Norwich back into the Championship.
“In that case there's pressure, but when you are out on the pitch all that pressure goes away and you are just thinking about doing well for your team and your supporters. You don't have time to think about it.”
McDonald was manager Bryan Gunn's first signing, joining from non-league Dartford on January transfer window deadline day for a fee of around £25,000.
The first time he wore a City shirt he scored, in a friendly against Great Yarmouth, and within 15 minutes of his senior appearance as a sub against Cardiff in March, he scored an injury-time clincher in the 1-0 win over Cardiff. His first start came in April, when City lost 2-0 at home to Reading in a live TV match.
“I remember being in the tunnel and I was starting to feel it a bit, but that's the only time,” he said. “As soon as that whistle went that was it.
“Just thinking about it I can't wait to go back - I'm just sitting around waiting for Monday now when we report back.”
At the moment it's a straight fight between McDonald, veteran Jamie Cureton and Chris Martin, back from a season's loan at Luton, but new arrivals are inevitable.
As far as McDonald is concerned, it's all part of his footballing education.
“You're always learning things, it is all a learning curve for me still,” he said. “Training every day I'm going to get better. I was playing and training with people like Jamie, Carl Cort, Dave Mooney and Alan Lee - I am going to learn things from people like that so hopefully this year it will all start kicking into place for myself and for Norwich.
“Hopefully I will get the chance and if I do I'm hoping I won't let the gaffer down. He gave me the chance against Reading and I don't think I did too badly really - my first start, against two decent centre backs. I don't think I did too bad personally, although it wasn't a great start for the team.
“But if I get the chance I hope that I will take and it and not let the supporters and team down.”