East Fife 28 Jan 2017 002LAST Tuesday night, Michael Donald was lining up for Ayr United against Queen's Park in the Scottish Cup.

Fast forward just a few days and he was introducing himself on the Stranraer team bus as his new club headed for New Bayview.

Donald, who played more than 150 times for the Honest Men, told the Stranraer website the move had come about "pretty quickly".

He said: "It is a bit strange because you don't know anyone when you join on a game day.

"I knew maybe three or four of the players but you don't really 'know' them and they are focusing on the game whereas in training you have a wee chat and get to know them.
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"It was game day and everybody is focused and you don't want to get under people's feet.

"It is a bit strange but everyone introduced themselves and it was fine.

"I had heard Stranraer were interested in getting me on loan and I had not been playing that many games for Ayr.

"I went to speak to the manager to see what his plans were and he told me Stranraer were one of the clubs interested in me.

"I wanted to go there and play football and I only found out about the interest on Tuesday or Thursday.

"Since then, I was in constant contact but the loan deal fell through.
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"I was just desperate to get playing and decided to come to terms on my release at Ayr, which came through on Friday."

The late departure from Somerset Park meant Donald had to line up as a trialist against Barry Smith's East Fife side. However, the midfielder then quickly put pen to paper to become Stevie Farrell's first signing as Stranraer manager.

Now, having got 22 minutes under his belt against East Fife, Donald is determined to help the Blues climb off the foot of the table and to League One safety.

He said: "We've got 14 games left and they are all pretty important.

"It is not like we have got any games where we can breathe - we need to win.
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"It was good to get a point at the weekend away from home in the manager's first game.

"That was a good point and a clean sheet, so, we will be looking to build on it.

"It is key when you are down the bottom to win the home games and to make it as difficult as possible for any team coming to Stair Park.

"When I was at Ayr, we used to hate going to Stranraer because we knew it would be a tough game.

"We need to get back to that and get teams hating to come to Stranraer.

"Stranraer have got a really good squad and I thought they would be up at the top end of the league.

"Come Saturday, we are more than capable of beating teams, especially at home.

"We have got a good group of boys who all want to win, work hard and get the victory.

"Hopefully, this weekend, that is exactly what we will do."

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)