City striker Cody McDonald will make his home debut for Gillingham tomorrow night, knowing that he has a hard act to follow.
The likeable forward signed for the Gills on a season-long loan as part of the deal that took Simeon Jackson to Norfolk and he is seen as a direct replacement for the former Preiestfield favourite.
The striker swap ends a summer of speculation surrounding Canadian international Jackson and the move gives 23-year-old McDonald, who scored some vital goals for Paul Lambert’s men last season, the chance to shine in League Two after the Gills’ relegation.
A run of games and plenty of goals for the Chelmsford-born striker could see him have a future at Carrow Road but all parties will just be hoping that McDonald can find his feet and continue has progress. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he was plying his trade for non league Dartford.
And he knows that he has some rather large boots to fill at Gillingham, after the departure of their star goal-getter.
“Those are very big boots to fill,” said McDonald, having made his Gills debut in the 4-0 win at Calais on Saturday.
“I don’t know Simeon but the boys say he’s a good lad and hopefully he goes to Norwich and does a really good job for them and I can do the same here. We’ll just take each game and see how it goes.
“I’m paid to score goals and I’m looking to come here and do that for Gillingham.
“Hopefully we can get back into League One because the club is far too big to be in League Two and getting back to League One should be the start of a stepping stone for things to come.”
In other news, Coventry City have dismissed reports suggesting that defender Martin Cranie is Norfolk-bound. The Canaries have already raided the Ricoh Arena for fellow defender Elliott Ward and have now been linked with Cranie.
But a Sky Blues source confirmed last night that there has been no official approach for the England Under-21 international, who turned out in midfield during Saturday’s draw at Hinckley.