Reece ready to step up for Rovers

Kyle Letheren lands on top of Reece Donaldson - Raith Rovers v Dundee, January 2, 2014. Pic: Neil Doig

Kyle Letheren lands on top of Reece Donaldson - Raith Rovers v Dundee, January 2, 2014. Pic: Neil Doig

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Raith Rovers defender Reece Donaldson believes he is ready to play regular first team football in the Championship after returning from a successful spell at Peterhead.

The centre-back was recalled early from his loan in order to cover for injuries and was thrown straight into the starting line-up for the New Year defeat to Dundee.

Donaldson has already made 24 appearances for Rovers since making his debut as a 17-year-old in May 2011, however he was loaned out by boss Grant Murray in November after struggling to get into the Rovers side this season.

But after a successful spell in the north-east, and a confident display against the league leaders on his return to Stark’s Park, Donaldson now feels ready to hold down a starting position in the centre of the Raith defence.

“It’s good to be back playing for Raith and hopefully I can play next week as well with that performance,” he told the Press.

“It was a wee bit of a surprise when I got the phonecall saying I was getting called back early from my loan.

“I enjoyed it at Peterhead and it was a successful time. We didn’t lose a game, and I’m sure they’ll win the league because they are a good side.

“I wasn’t playing a lot here, so getting games up there was good, and getting match fit helped me against Dundee.

“I’ve done the hard work up at Peterhead and hopefully it pays off here. I’m turning 20 this month but there’s lots of young players in this league now, so hopefully I can kick on myself.”

Donaldson scored his first senior goal during his loan spell, netting in Peterhead’s 3-1 win over Clyde on December 7.

He also came close to netting his first Raith goal in the 2-0 defeat to Dundee last Thursday – a game that saw Rovers lose two goals in the 90th minute.

“It’s hard on the boys, especially when we done so well with 10 men,” Donaldson said.

Raith fans have been more accustomed to seeing Donaldson at full-back in his previous first team outings, but he believes his strongest position is centre-half.

“I was a centre-half in all the youth teams before I was moved to right-back in the under 19s,” he revealed.

“I’m left-footed so I can play left-back as well, but I prefer to be at centre-half.”