COV TELEGRAPH REPORTS STAGS BID FOR ROD MCDONALD
Bids in for Coventry City man as Mark Robins targets new defender
The Sky Blues boss has until August 9 to complete any permanent deals
coventrytelegraph.net, By Andy Turner, 1 AUG 2018
Coventry City have turned down two offers for wanted man Rod McDonald as manager Mark Robins looks to strengthen his back four ahead of the new season.
The 26-year-old defender has been the subject of two bids from League Two Mansfield and Lincoln City during the pre-season and CoventryLive understands there is interest from other clubs keen to recruit the rugged centre-back before the summer transfer window closes on August 9.
Sky Blues boss Robins is keen to strengthen at the back with a new centre-half and has been chasing a number of targets this summer.
And the sale of McDonald would pave the way for the City manager to bring in a fresh defender.
That may come as a surprise to some fans given McDonald only joined the Ricoh Arena last summer, signing for an undisclosed fee from Northampton Town, and going on to be part of the meanest defence in League Two alongside Jordan Willis for the first half of the campaign.
City kept ten clean sheets in all competitions with the popular defender, nicknamed 'Concrete Rod,' in the side in the first five months of the 2017/18 promotion season.
Robins , however, has shown this summer that he is not a manager to stand still.
Of all the positions in the team, centre-half appeared to be where Robins was most blessed after Dominic Hyam pushed himself to the fore last season, ending the campaign in possession of one of the two available shirts and being a key part of the play-off success with his excellent reading of the game.
Tom Davies also earned rave reviews for his aggressive, no-nonsense 'kick it and head it' approach to defending, while Willis remains first choice when fit, due to his pace and athleticism.
McDonald, meanwhile, slipped down the pecking order in the second half of last season, partly down to form but largely due to Hyam and Davies taking their chances when they got the opportunity to impress as City enjoyed healthy competition for the two central defensive berths.
That competition is set to go up a notch if Robins is successful in landing his preferred target to further mix things up at the back.
Signing number 10 sealed with arrival of experienced centre-back
Rod McDonald signs on the dotted line at AFC Wimbledon
02 Aug 2018
AFC Wimbledon's summer squad revamp has edged closer to completion with the signing of experienced centre-back Rod McDonald.
The 26-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee from League One new boys Coventry City, Rod having played a key part in promotion for the Sky Blues last season.