Dion Donohue joins fifth Football League club of his career

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Dion Donohue of Portsmouth is tackled by Tennai Watson of AFC Wimbledon during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Dion Donohue of Portsmouth is tackled by Tennai Watson of AFC Wimbledon during the Sky Bet League One match between at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Anglesey footballer Dion Donohue has joined the fifth Football League club of his career.

League Two Barrow have announced the signing of free agent Donohue on a deal until the end of the season.

The versatile 27-year-old had been without a club since leaving Swindon in December for personal reasons.

Barrow boss Michael Jolley said on the Bluebirds’ official website: “We felt that Dion will add to the options that we’ve got.

“He can play two positions; he is comfortable as a left-side defender and left-back or he can play in midfield as well – he’s experienced, versatile and adds to our options.

“He was playing in League One for most of the first half of this season so he’s a good player, he’s got quality and he definitely brings something to the group.”

Donohue is Barrow’s seventh signing of the current transfer window.

The islander, who began his career at Bodedern, was with Everton’s youth academy for six years.

He was unable to secure a professional contract and returned to North Wales, where he had spells with Bodedern, Porthmadog, Holyhead Hotspur and Caernarfon Town.

In 2011-12, he was part of Hotspur’s treble-winning squad which lifted the Welsh Alliance League title, Cookson Cup and Barritt Cup.

The following season he celebrated another triple, landing the Welsh Alliance League Division One crown, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup with Caernarfon.

Next up was a switch to the English pyramid with Sutton Coldfield Town, where he made 37 appearances in the 2014-15 season, helping the club rise from NPL Division One South, the eighth-tier of English football, into the tier-seven Premier.

Donohue signed his first professional contract with Chesterfield in 2015 and made his Football League debut against Colchester in September of that year.

At the end of the 2016/17 season, he was awarded the Players’ Player of the Year.

In 2017, Donohue moved south to Portsmouth on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee and was part of the squad that won the EFL Trophy.

Following the end of his contract at Fratton Park, Donohue joined Mansfield Town, but left in August 2019.

He signed a new one-year contract with Swindon in September 2020 after initially joining the club in the truncated 2019-20 season and he played a part in helping the Robins secure the Sky Bet League Two title on a points-per-game basis. However, by December 2020, he had left the club.

Dion has made a total of 113 Football League appearances and featured in seven FA Cup and two League Cup ties.

A former pupil of Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, as a youngster Dion represented the Wales U-18 team and turned out for the successful Welsh Colleges side, as well as representing Ynys Môn at the Island Games.

Dion Donohue – career record

Born: August 26, 1993

2011-12: Holyhead Hotspur (Welsh Alliance League) League apps 12 Goals 3
2012-13: Caernarfon Town (Welsh Alliance League) League apps 36 Goals 4
2013-14: Caernarfon Town (Cymru Alliance) League apps 24 Goals 8
2014-15: Sutton Coldfield Town (NPL Division One South): League apps 37 Goals 1
2015-16: Chesterfield Town (League One): League apps 17 Goals 0
2016-17: Chesterfield Town (League One): League apps 37 Goals 1
2017-18: Chesterfield Town (League Two): League apps 2 Goals 0
2017-18: Portsmouth (League One): League apps 32 Goals 0
2018-19: Portsmouth (League One): League apps 10 Goals 0
2019-20: Mansfield Town (League Two): League apps 0
2019-20: Swindon Town (League Two): League apps 5 Goals 0
2020-21: Swindon Town (League One): League apps 10 Goals 0
2020-21: Barrow (League Two): League apps 0

Copyright Dave Jones © All rights reserved. CoverNews by AF themes.
%d bloggers like this: