Wembley would be a no-go for winger Alex MacDonald but settling is more important
ALEX MacDonald hopes he might be playing League One football for Burton Albion next season – but, ideally, not through the League Two play-offs.
MacDonald extended his loan from Burnley for the maximum permitted period last week – but his time runs out before the League Two play-off final at Wembley on May 18.
However, the 22-year-old Scotland Under-21 international is looking beyond the possibility that he may have to sit out that showpiece.
His willingness to tackle back and a direct style on the right wing is rapidly winning over Burton supporters, especially after his first goal for the club on Saturday, in the 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town.
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After a series of far-flung loans – two in Scotland and one at Plymouth – Runcorn resident MacDonald says he is ready to settle down.
"I've got to think about what's happening towards the end of the season because I have a family now and I'm looking to settle down somewhere," said MacDonald, who is the proud father of a baby daughter, Chloe Janette.
"It's been a hard last couple of years, with loans here and there, not really knowing where I am.
"I've been a long way away from my family and that's not what I want any more.
"When I first came on loan, we spoke briefly in terms of something happening at the end of it.
"All I can do is keep performing as well as I can and, hopefully, something will come of it.
"Here, you're only an hour's drive from Manchester.
"Plymouth was two and a half hours from anywhere. I'm not saying it was a bad thing, I enjoyed it down there, but that wasn't ideal."
It is for those reasons that MacDonald would sacrifice a Wembley appearance, if it came to it.
"If we do get into the play-offs, I would miss the final, but I'm just happy being out playing again and starting to enjoy my football," he said.
"It would be nice if Wembley was out of the equation. From the start of this season, the expectations of the club were not for automatic promotion or the play-offs but we've put ourselves in the position now.
"I've had five or six games now and I'm starting to find my feet a bit.
"I still think I've got a bit to go to get fully match-fit.
"Games Saturday-Tuesday is what I need, so I'm looking forward to going again at Aldershot."