Championship-winning hero James Donachie is officially back in navy blue, signing on loan for the remainder of the season – and he can’t wait to get out on the pitch.
“Yeah, big time,” Donachie said when asked if he’s glad to be back.
“It’s good to be back, [and] back in Summer as well. I’m really looking forward to getting into it, training has been good, so it’s exciting.”
Donachie hasn’t played since Jeonnam Dragons last competitive match on December 1st, but with the benefit of another week’s full training is eyeing off the February 10 blockbuster against Perth Glory.
“I had quite a while off – four weeks – but because I was looking to go on loan there was another three weeks of sorting out where I was going.
“I’ve done a week of full training now, no maybe another week going into the Perth game [but] we’ll re-assess.”
Donachie kept tabs on Melbourne Victory during his time in Korea, watching teammates old and new however and whenever he could, initially as a fan and more recently as a bit of homework.
“Korea was a bit difficult through the internet, I had to find a YouTube stream! But I followed a bit because it was exciting with all the new boys.
“I watched the games that I could, especially recently because of the different system. I tried to pick up on [those changes].
He was impressed with what he saw on the pitch from afar and having met his teammates can’t wait to join them.
“A few big players have come in. Two top signings in Keisuke and Ola, [who are] great guys in the changeroom which is another bonus.
“You always look forward to meeting new people through football, so it’s a good team.
“Today was the first day I trained with Keiuske. He’s a top bloke [and] easy to get along with. Big Ola is good as well, he’s a laugh.”
It didn’t take long for Donachie to be in Toivonen’s sights, with the Swede taking aim at the new signing’s shoes on Instagram.
“Yeah, he said he put it up on Insta. I don’t have Instagram, but I think he got a few extra followers [because of it], so he can thank me later.
“[They were] Stan Smith’s that he didn’t rate. Personal opinion,” Donachie said with a laugh.
As for talk on his future, Donachie won’t be distracted by speculation about what comes after his loan deal.
“All I’ve thought about – and I’ve spoken to the boss about – is coming back and getting as fit as fast as I can and playing really well. That’s what I want to do.”