Dartford's in-form striker Cody McDonald was given a trial by
new Norwich manager Bryan Gunn at the end
of January 2009
He'd been scoring a lot of goals in the Ryman Premier,
Gunn said. He came in and did well. We had a practice match
on the Sunday and he trained on the Monday and he's got good qualities.
We're just keeping an eye on him. He scored another couple of
goals the other night for Dartford in an Essex Cup game. He was
recommended from scouts and you have a look. I've not seen him
in a full 90 minutes myself so I probably need to do that before
making a final decision, but he certainly didn't do himself any
harm in here when he was training with the first team squad.
McDonald, who has previously played for Maldon Town and WithamTown,
had also been linked with Crystal Palace, Peterborough, Wycombe
Wanderers, Fulham and Sheffield United.
After Gunn watched him play for Dartford on 31st January 2009
against Maidstone, McDonald was offered and signed a one and a
half year contract with Norwich on 2nd February 2009 for an undisclosed
fee, believed to be around £25,000, and the option of an
McDonald made his debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Cardiff
on 10th March 2009 and scored City's second goal. McDonald had
scored on his reserve team debut, scored another in a behind-closed-doors
friendly at Chelsea, scored on his full debut against Cardiff
and then added a brace in a reserve team win over Wroxham. He
has got a good habit of scoring goals and to be fair it's something
you can't really coach to be honest with you, said Ian
He played 25 times during City's 2009/10 League One title winning
season, scoring four goals.
On 16th July 2010, Cody joined Gillingham on a year's loan as
part of the deal that saw Simeon
Jackson sign for the Canaries. He had a strong season for
the Gills playing 43 times and scoring 25 goals.
In mid-June 2011, Cody was reported to have had talks with Oldham
Athletic. At the beginning of August 2011, Sheffield Wednesday
manager Gary Megson said that he was abandoning his interest in
Cody after being quoted £600,000 according to the Sheffield
Star. He was then linked with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon.
On 31st August 2011, Cody signed for Coventry on a three year
contract for an undisclosed fee.
Cody was in the line-up for Coventry when they lost to Doncaster
on 21st April 2012 and were relegated to League One.
On 25th January 2013, Cody rejoined Gillingham on a 93 day loan
agreement. He had scored three goals in 16 appearances for Mark
Robins' Coventry during the first half of the 2012/13 season.
Coventry City have an option of recalling the forward after one
month. "Cody has a fantastic record here at Priestfield,"
Gills boss Martin Allen said. "He loves this place and
after meeting him on Sunday morning up north I was impressed with
his attitude and I liked him as a person."
He continued his scoring streak for Gillingham with an 85th minute
equaliser against York on his second Gillingham debut on 26th
January 2013, followed by another in the 2-0 win over Northampton
on 29th January.
McDonald was recalled by Coventry's new manager Lee Carsley on
25th February. He had scored four goals in seven games for Gillingham
McDonald signed for Gillingham on a two year deal on 10th July
2013 following his release by Coventry. Gillingham boss Martin
Allen said: Cody is a match winner he scores goals
and in his loan period, on and off the field, he conducts himself
in the right way. He works hard and our chairman Paul Scally has
worked for the last couple of months to get this deal done. Last
time here he got 26 goals in one season and this time he will
be looking for 30.