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United add target man Gerry McDonagh to the squad

2 February 2023

Scunthorpe United is delighted to announce the signing of 6ft 5in striker Gerry McDonagh.

The 24-year-old travels south of the border following a spell at Cove Rangers to sign for the Iron in a move that sees him move back closer to his family.

McDonagh, a target man, was at Nottingham Forest as a youngster between 2013 and 2015 before signing professional terms with the club. He would make his professional debut in the Championship as an 80th minute substitute in Forest’s home game against Cardiff City in August 2015.

He was at the club for a further three years, enjoying loan spells at Wrexham, Cambridge United and Tranmere Rovers during that time. His 2016-17 campaign saw him gain invaluable experience of the National League, featuring 22 times for Wrexham, including 15 starts. During that spell, he scored five goals. McDonagh then stepped up to League Two for the remainder of the campaign, with five starts and eight substitute appearances for the U’s, scoring once.

The Dublin-born forward signed for Barnsley in 2018 before a loan move to Aldershot became permanent a year later. Spells at Tamworth and FC Halifax Town would follow before a loan move to Kettering Town.

McDonagh has most recently been at Scottish Championship side Cove Rangers where he made a total of 21 appearances for the side in all competitions, scoring six goals.

Additionally, he has also represented Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level, gaining five caps. He scored on his debut against Austria’s Under-17s in 2014.

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