Kevin McDonald today expressed his delight at joining Wolves on a three-year contract – before acknowledging he faces a battle to get into the team!
The 24-year-old Scot has moved to Molineux from Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee, and while admitting it was a difficult decision to leave the Blades believes he has made the right move in joining Kenny Jackett’s revamped squad.
But with the team having started the season with four points from two games and beating Gillingham 4-0 on Saturday, McDonald admits he faces a battle to break into the team.
“I’m delighted that the deal has been completed and I can now look forward to start playing now,” said McDonald.
“It was a tough decision for me and it’s been going on for five days now.
“The manager has been good and it was tough to say goodbye to the club but I think this is the right step for me and hopefully I can kick on from here.
“First of all I need to establish myself in the team.
“And then I need to take my chance when it comes along.
“For the team I think it’s all about trying to get promoted – that’s all it’s about.
“I’m not just going to walk straight into the team and I know it will be tough.
“But once I get in there I am confident I will keep my place.
“Winning 4-0 at the weekend makes it difficult for me to get in straightaway!
“It’s up to the gaffer’s choice as to what happens but I am available for the weekend if needed.”
McDonald admits a difficult decision was made easier by the belief in Wolves’ ambition under Jackett to enjoy a successful season and be challenging at the right end of the table.
He added: “Wolves is such a big club and speaks for itself – only a couple of years ago they were in the Premier League.
“The new gaffer is wanting to get the club back there as soon as possible and I’m excited to be part of something here.
“I met the gaffer on Friday and he’s stayed in touch with me on the phone and has told me what he wants to do here and I’ve taken it all on board.
“I am happy to join the club and hopefully be a part of a successful team.
“I am sure we all know it is going to be a long, hard season.
“League One is a tough league to get out of as I know from playing at Sheffield United for two years.
“There’s a good squad here with some talented players and we’ve certainly got the potential to get promoted.
“We know it’s going to be hard but it’s definitely something we should be aiming for.”
McDonald has played against some of the more experienced members of Wolves squad during his time at Burnley, whilst also alongside striker Leigh Griffiths for Scotland Under-21s.
He worked under Alex Rae while at Dundee, and admits his former boss will no doubt be pleased to see him check in at Molineux!
“I know some of the lads from having played against them and have been in the Under-21s with Leigh Griffiths a couple of times so it will be good to see him again,” he said.
“I still speak to Alex Rae now and then and he took me to Notts County on loan with Paul Ince.
“I’ve not spoken to him for a while but I am sure he’ll be pleased for me to have signed for his former club.”
And in terms of his playing style, the 24-year-old is keen to chip in with his fair share of goals this season.
“I like to get on the ball and pass it around – I enjoy playing football,” he said.
“On the defensive side I need to improve but I will work at that and it will also come with experience.
“But I do like to get on the ball and hopefully can add a few goals as well this season.”
*We hope to have details of Kevin ‘s squad number tomorrow. Reminder that there is currently a £4 discount off home shirts until midnight on Sunday due to the ‘We Score You Save’ promotion from the Gillingham game.