Donaldson eyeing Toon stay

The 19-year-old striker, who is out of contract with the Magpies in

the summer, was sent out on loan to League One side Hartlepool in

January. However, he was recalled to Newcastle this week by manager

Alan Pardew, who wanted to take a closer look at him. Donaldson,

who scored for the reserves in front of a watching Pardew during

their 2-1 win over Everton on Tuesday, is reportedly wanted by the

Pools for next season. But the young forward, who came through the

ranks on Tyneside, insists he does not want to leave his boyhood

club. He told The Chronicle: “This is my club – it’s very important

to me – and if I can stay here, I’d love to. “The gaffer said it

was the first time he’s seen me, and it was important to get back

here and show him what I can do,” “We’ll see what happens. I’m not

going to worry about it, to be honest. I’ll get my head down, work

hard and see what happens. “I think it’s too early to think about

the summer. “I’d like to think I’d have options, but this club has

always been my first priority.” While Donaldson enjoyed his time at

Victoria Park, the England Under-19s international is relishing his

return to Newcastle. “It was brilliant. I always wanted to come

back,” he said. “It was nice to get out and see the lads again,

I’ve been away two months. “I enjoyed it a lot at Hartlepool. It

was good to get out there and taste a bit of real football, it was

a lot different to what I’m used to. “It was hard, but I enjoyed

every minute of it. I played a lot of games.”