Tranmere Rovers have completed the short term loan signing of striker from Championship club Nottingham Forest. It is their second temporary deal of the week – following Dylan Mottley-Henry’s arrival on Monday afternoon, and there is speculation that more could follow before Saturday’s game against local rivals Chester.
McDonagh was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, but developed at the Nottingham Forest academy. He made his first team debut for the reds in a Championship match, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in August 2015. However, he has been unable to add to that at the City Ground, and has instead gained experience in two other loan spells.
He spent three months playing for Wrexham in the National League, at the start of last season. During that time, he made twenty-two appearances, scoring five times, and getting three assists. He then moved a league up, featuring thirteen times for Cambridge, managing one goal and one assist. The centre forward has won youth international caps for the Republic of Ireland.
McDonagh joins a long list of front men at the club, with James Norwood, Andy Cook, James Alabi, George Waring and Andy Mangan all having featured at some point so far this season. However, goals have been thin on the ground, and manager Micky Mellon must be hoping that the extra competition provides motivation for others to improve their performances, as well as giving him yet another option.
Mellon told TranmereRovers.co.uk:
“We’re delighted to welcome Gerry to Prenton Park and looking forward to working with him. He’s a player who we have watched for some time and worked hard to bring him here despite lots of competition from other clubs.
“Gerry is a striker who is very aggressive who wants to score goals and is different to the forwards we already have at the club. He’s young but he has decent experience already and we’re looking forward to working with him. I’d like to thank Mark Warburton and Nottingham Forest for giving us the opportunity to help him in his development.”