Arrival | O’Donnell joins on season-long

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce the arrival of JJ O’Donnell on loan for the remainder of the season from National League North rivals Gateshead. 

O’Donnell has been at the International Stadium for seven seasons having made his initial loan from Luton Town permanent in the summer of 2014. 

The 29-year-old is a cult hero at The Heed after his goal against Grimsby Town sent The Tynesiders to the National League play-off final at Wembley, six years ago. 

A rare foot condition then threatened an early retirement as the left-sided player was forced onto the sidelines for two years. 

But following a huge amount of desire, hardwork and determination, O’Donnell made his long-awaited comeback in 2017 – and remained a regular ever since. 

O’Donnell ended the 2019/20 season as Gateshead’s top goalscorer, the Fans’ Player of the Season as well as surpassing 100 appearances. 

He is in the squad for Saturday’s game at Kettering Town and will wear the number 24 shirt.

Michael Nelson, manager of Blyth Spartans said: “JJ has expressed an interest to go out and play football as he wasn’t getting much game time at Gateshead. 

“He expressed an interest to them to go out and get some games.

“There were teams in our league that were willing to take him on loan but I managed to speak to him and he very much wanted to join us. 

“We’ve managed to get it done, so we’re delighted to get him in.” 

O’Donnell added: “I’m delighted to be joining Blyth Spartans. 

“I want to thank Nels for showing faith in me and wanting me to come to Blyth Spartans. 

“Hopefully I can help the club as much as I can on the pitch starting tomorrow. 

“It’s great to feel wanted by Nels and hopefully I can replicate my form of last season to help the club as much as possible.”

Posted by Jordan Cronin