ARGYLE’S first signing of the summer did not take long to make his decision to switch to Home Park.
Ryan Donaldson, an attacking midfielder most recently with Cambridge United, began his career in the far north-east of the country with him hometown club, Newcastle United.
Via neighbours Gateshead and his stint in Cambridgeshire, Ryan has now opted to head to the most southerly and westerly point in professional football in England. It does not sound like it was a tough decision for him.
“It has been a long summer trying to get things sorted,” he said, “but as soon as I spoke to the manager and came down here, I just wanted to get it done as soon as possible. Now it’s done so I can look forward to pre-season and meeting all the boys.
“It’s just the size of the club at this level; it’s one of the biggest clubs without doubt and as soon as I learned of the interest I wanted to come. You don’t get many opportunities like this at a club this size so it was a deal I wanted to get done.
“I spoke to a few clubs but once I heard there was interest from Plymouth it was just a case of coming down as soon as possible and it was the only offer I listened to in the end to be honest. I am really proud to be here.”
Donaldson has lined up against Argyle a few times during his time at Cambridge, and it seems both he and Derek Adams liked what they saw, reciprocally.
Ryan said: “(Argyle are) a good side. I played against you on the second last game of the season. Both teams were chasing so it was a good game.
“I’ve spoken to the manager and I know what this club’s about and what his plans are. I’m just really happy to be here and I want to get started.”
Ryan is a midfield player, and will be given the task of joining the likes of Graham Carey in providing the creative impetus to drive Argyle forward on another promotion challenge.
“I can fit in anywhere in midfield,” said Ryan when we asked him to describe his game. “I have played almost everywhere there for Cambridge and now I just want to get on the pitch, play with the boys and win some games.
“I’m hard working; I like to get the ball and create things. I just want to help the team as much as possible wherever I get picked to play. I’ll give my 100 percent every day and hopefully I’ll make a difference.
“It’s going to be a fresh start for me, but I am looking forward to it. Pre-season is a great time to meet the new players and bond - there is a lot of hard work to be done but it is a great time to get to know everyone.”