Donnelly signs on

Dundee Football Club are excited to announce the signing of Aaron Donnelly.

The left-sided defender joins us on a season-long loan deal from Nottingham Forest.

20-year-old Donnelly from Northern Ireland joined Forest in June 2019 from Dungannon Swifts. At the start of the year, he joined English League One side Port Vale till the end of the season. During his time with The Valiants, he played twenty times scoring once, helping them avoid relegation.

Aaron has been capped for the Northern Ireland national team at Under 17 and 21 level. In June he was called up to the senior squad for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Denmark and Kazakhstan.

On joining, Aaron said, “I am thrilled to have signed for Dundee, the club has been promoted last season to the Scottish Premiership, it’s going to be a massive season for the club and I am excited to be involved and can’t wait to get going. I am hoping to get as many first-team minutes as possible this season, I was on loan at Port Vale from January till the end of the season and I am now looking forward to getting a full season under my belt. For me, it is all about delivering week in week out and being consistent. I feel Port Vale has given me a platform to push on and now that I have signed for Dundee I feel like it is about pushing on even more and showing the fans what I can do.”

On the signing of Donnelly, Manager Tony Docherty said, “We are extremely pleased to get someone of Aaron’s stature in. He is only 20 but is already a member of the Northern Ireland National squad and has just been away with Nottingham Forest’s first team on their pre-season tour in Spain. The move has come through our recruitment team and the relationship I have with Nottingham Forrest and I am delighted to get the move over the line. I am really pleased Aaron chose us as he did have three other suitors down in England and he chose to come to Dundee after conversations with us and coming up to see the facilities. I am hugely encouraged to get him here and he is an exciting young player, a good defender and he is held in high regard. He is a left-sided defender, he enjoys the defending part of the game, he is strong in the air, comfortable on his left side and a good user of the ball.”

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