Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has had no contact with AFC Bournemouth regarding midfielder Shaun MacDonald, despite rumours - mainly on Twitter claiming that he was returning to the club. However, he confirmed that if the Cherries were to make him available for a loan spell away from Dean Court that he would be interested in following that up.
The 26 year old has had five loan spells with the club - all whilst he was on the books of Swansea City. However, all that ended in the summer of 2011, after 64 appearances and nine goals had been clocked up with the Glovers, when Swansea agreed an £80,000 transfer fee with Bournemouth to take him to the South Coast.
So far his Bournemouth career has been a little stuttering, with only 82 appearances and four goals across three seasons, and with just 25 outings during the campaign just gone. With the Cherries spending big over the last few years, other players have muscled their way in, meaning that Shaun has not started a match since December 3rd 2013, and only made three substitute appearances from the end of February. As such, there is a possibility that he might be put out on loan. Johnson told the Western Gazette that if that happened, he would be interested in talking to manager Eddie Howe about it:
"We explore that all the time and of course if that was a possibility that would be stupid not to follow it up. However, at this moment in time there has been no contact between us and Bournemouth and Bournemouth know that if he does become available then we are in the queue. There has been no contact at this moment in time, I am just trying to get my squad together. I am sure other clubs until they get their squads together and will know whoís playing and not will be able to work it out with loans."
Two weeks ago MacDonald - who is under contract until the summer of 2016 - said that he is purely concentrating on pre-season football, and told the Bournemouth Echo that he was frustrated that a short injury had resulted in him losing his place in the team. He hoped a new pre-season would change the midfield pecking order:
"Itís a fresh start for me. I need to get back, work hard and try to impress again in pre-season. At the moment, Iím trying not to think too far ahead. I donít want to put too much pressure on myself, I just want to come back, enjoy it and play my natural game so I can go into the season fresh and ready. I love living in this area, love the club and I feel very settled. On a personal level, I feel happy and everything is set up for me to succeed here.
"When I look back on last season, it was a frustrating one for me. I started so well and was playing with a lot of confidence but when I got injured for a month, other players took their chance. By the time I came back, the team had started to do well so as frustrating as it was, not being in the team was understandable. But nobody is allowed to stand still at this club and the boys who played week in, week out last season will not be guaranteed a place.
"For me, itís a case of getting some good work under my belt and taking it from there. My focus is to get into the team and start games after pre-season. I havenít looked too far ahead of that, I just need to make sure I come out of the summer in the best possible shape to challenge. There is always the chance for everyone to impress so I am going to get my head down and give it my all."
The way we'd read this is that MacDonald might come up for a loan offer during August once he and Howe realise whether he is likely to force his way into their first team plans. But if there is any interest in the player, then the Glovers would have to wait a while to find out if that was the case.
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