Donaldson: It feels good to be a Racer

Sean Donaldson says he’s delighted to sign for Murrayfield Racers and is eager to help the club win some silverware this season.

The forward has preciously enjoyed success in the Scottish National League, picking up winners medals in the league, play-offs and Scottish Cup back in 2013/14.

Donaldson has had a break from the game, but he says he is looking forward to working with a coaching team he is hugely familiar with.

“I spoke to Tony (Hand) before the start of the season but personal commitments restricted me from fully committing and he wants guys who are all in, which I agree with 100 percent,” he said.

“My circumstances have changed, so I am now able to get on board and contribute. I know a lot of the boys, having played previously with most of the team. I have been coached by Tony, Martin (Cingel) and Richard (Hartmann) before, so I know what I’m signing up for.

“It’s a good set-up and although the club have aspirations to play at a higher level it is already run in a really professional way, so there’s no doubt strong foundations are in place for progression.”

The 31-year-old has been a regular point scorer during his career, generally weighing in with more assists than goals.

Having had a few months off the ice he admits it will take time to find his best form, but he believes he will soon be having a positive impact on the team.

“I’ve really missed playing competitive hockey,” Donaldson added. “A friend owns Elysium Edinburgh gym and he’s kept me in shape. I’ve still been going on the ice when I can, so I’m confident it won’t take too long to get up to proper match fitness.

“It feels good to be a Racer, I’ll be working hard to contribute to the team in terms of points (mainly assists!) and help the younger guys out if I can. I know the coaches, directors and fans are hungry for silverware and if we work hard as a team I believe that is attainable.”

Donaldson will make his Racers debut against Hull Pirates in the NIHL North Cup on Saturday, before facing Dundee Comets in the SNL the following day. He is expecting two difficult matches.

“I’ve heard about Hull at practice this week and there is no doubt that it’ll be a tough game – we are hoping for a better result than the away fixture,” he said.

“The Comets are a team I am more familiar with and I watched some of the game last week. They are a decent side and have depth throughout their lines.”