AFC Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonald: Leaving Swansea was the right move

FRIENDS REUNITED: AFC Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonald

FRIENDS REUNITED: AFC Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonald

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

LIFELONG Swansea supporter Shaun MacDonald is relishing the chance to face his former club and says he has no regrets about leaving the Welsh outfit.

MacDonald will be hoping to be given more game time when Cherries host the Premier League Swans in a pre-season friendly at Dean Court tonight (7.45pm).

The 26-year-old, who hails from the Blaenymaes area of the city, joined his hometown club as a six-year-old and progressed through the ranks to earn his first pro contract in 2006.

MacDonald, who also served Yeovil on loan during his time with Swansea, decided to end his long association with the club when he moved to Dorset three years ago.

He told the Daily Echo: “When the move came about, I remember having a positive conversation with Brendan Rodgers and we both decided it was time to leave. I knew that myself because I knew I wasn't going to get much game time there.

“There is nothing I can regret and you only have to look at how far we have come in the past three years to see the decision was the correct one. When I first signed here, I said there were a lot of similarities between the clubs and that helped me settle.”

MacDonald, who made 24 appearances for Swans and played alongside current boss Garry Monk, added: “It will be good to see some old faces. I still know some of the lads there so it will be good to catch up with them.

“Whatever happens, whether I start or come off the bench, hopefully I can get some minutes. We have a strong squad and I am sure everyone will want to play in such a good game to test themselves against Premier League opposition.”

MacDonald, who sat out Cherries' defeat by Southampton due to a minor hip problem, returned for the midweek win at Portsmouth and also scored during the victory at Eastleigh.

“I have been catching up slightly during pre-season,” added the south Walian. “I had a hernia operation in the summer and missed the first two days of training. I have trained more or less fully since then and everything has gone smoothly.

“I am carrying a little niggle but it is nothing serious. I feel I have done well in the games I have played and I am just looking forward to doing well for the team.

"I am 100 per cent focused on playing for Bournemouth. I love the club and want to do well for the manager, the players and the fans.

"Everyone has been brilliant with me since day one. Without putting pressure on myself, I want to get in the team and enjoy my football. Hopefully, I can kick on.”

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8:58am Fri 1 Aug 14

Wilkie says...

IMO Shaun is a very valuable member of the first team squad. OK Gosling has come in, but he as yet to prove himself, so I would still be looking at 2 from 3 (Arter& O'Kane) for the midfield berths. They all offer something different, with Shaun bing the best at snapping at the heels and giving the opposition no time on the ball. Invaluable for closing out a game with a slender lead.
IMO Shaun is a very valuable member of the first team squad. OK Gosling has come in, but he as yet to prove himself, so I would still be looking at 2 from 3 (Arter& O'Kane) for the midfield berths. They all offer something different, with Shaun bing the best at snapping at the heels and giving the opposition no time on the ball. Invaluable for closing out a game with a slender lead. Wilkie
  • Score: 10

9:35am Fri 1 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Shaun Mac is well respected by the Cherries fans and rightly so, also a a very nice guy by all accounts. I hope he gets some time tonight as I''m sure it would mean a lot to him and as per Brett all the best for the upcoming season Shaun it's good to have you in the squad.
Shaun Mac is well respected by the Cherries fans and rightly so, also a a very nice guy by all accounts. I hope he gets some time tonight as I''m sure it would mean a lot to him and as per Brett all the best for the upcoming season Shaun it's good to have you in the squad. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 9

1:19pm Fri 1 Aug 14

tms444 says...

Never lets us down, always pleased with his efforts on the pitch, far too valuable to let go on loan to League 1, hope he gets more game time this season, would like to see Shaun captain the team tonight.
Never lets us down, always pleased with his efforts on the pitch, far too valuable to let go on loan to League 1, hope he gets more game time this season, would like to see Shaun captain the team tonight. tms444
  • Score: 3

6:49pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Cherryfan says...

Echo all the comments before mine. Great pro and talented player.
Echo all the comments before mine. Great pro and talented player. Cherryfan
  • Score: 1

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