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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2007, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Donaldson relishes Hibs challenge
Hibs manager John Collins
Collins is excited about the pace of new signing Donaldson
Hibernian's new signing Clayton Donaldson says he is ready to raise his game to a new level in Scotland.

The 22-year-old striker scored 18 goals in helping York City to the Nationwide Conference play-offs last season.

He told Hibernian's website: " I am very confident in my own ability and I believe I can play at this higher level - I wouldn't be here if I didn't."

"It's a step up for me from where I was last season and I can't wait to get started at Hibs."

Hibs signed Donaldson on a pre-contact agreement in January from non-league York.

And the young frontman believes English non-league football is of a higher standard than many people perhaps think.

Donaldson said: ""There are a lot of good up and coming players in the Conference as well as a number of seasoned pros who have played at a high level.

My first target is to hold down a starting place in the team and the way to do that is by scoring goals

Hibs striker Clayton Donaldson

"Guys like Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce and Stan Collymore are just some examples of players who started off at that level and they did pretty well for themselves and their respective clubs."

Hibs boss John Collins recently enthused about Donaldson's blistering pace and the player believes that he can link up successfully with Easter Road's other speed-merchant, Ivan Sproule.

Donaldson explained: "I don't know if I'll be the quickest at Hibs, what with Ivan around, but it might be interesting for us both to have a couple of sprints to see just how quick we both really are.

"If you've got a few quick players in your team that can only help.

"Big defenders don't like quick players running at them and hopefully teaming up with Ivan we can both cause SPL defenders some real problems next season."

And Donaldson aims to continue where he left off at York by hitting the back of the net for Hibs - but first he must break into Collins' talented young team.

"My first target is to hold down a starting place in the team," he said, "and the way to do that is by scoring goals.

"I'd be hoping to hit double figures obviously as a striker - at least 15 goals would be a good start for me.

"I actually have a pretty good record of scoring on my competitive debuts so I'll definitely be looking to keep that particular record going when I first pull on that green and white shirt."


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