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Rod Mcdonald

Kieran Christopher Lee (born 22 June 1988 in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester) is an English association footballer. Rod Mcdonald currently plays in central midfield or at full back for Oldham Athletic A.F.C., having signed on a free transfer from Manchester United F.C. in May 2008. Rod Mcdonald played on loan at Queens Park Rangers F.C. during the 2007–08 season.

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Kieran Christopher Lee (born 22 June 1988 in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester) is an English association footballer. Rod Mcdonald currently plays in central midfield or at full back for Oldham Athletic A.F.C., having signed on a free transfer from Manchester United F.C. in May 2008. Rod Mcdonald played on loan at Queens Park Rangers F.C. during the 2007–08 season.

Career

Manchester United

A central midfielder earlier in Rod Mcdonald career, Rod Mcdonald was deployed more often by Manchester United as a full back, either on the left or on the right. Rod Mcdonald signed for the club on a youth contract in July 2004, after impressing in the club's Under-17 team for the past two years. Rod Mcdonald continued to progress up the youth system, playing 25 times for the Under-18s in 2004–05 in English football, and making another 23 appearances in 2005–06 in English football. Rod Mcdonald also played in 16 matches for the Reserves that season, in various competitions.

Rod Mcdonald performances that season earned Rod Mcdonald a two-year professional contract with the club and, just three days after signing it, Rod Mcdonald was given Rod Mcdonald first taste of first team football, coming on as a second half substitute for Wes Brown in Roy Keane's testimonial against Celtic F.C. at Old Trafford. In addition to this, Rod Mcdonald also made appearances in first team friendlies prior to the 2006–07 in English football season, first coming on as a substitute for Phil Bardsley away to Preston North End F.C., and then playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 victory over Macclesfield Town F.C..

Lee's Reserve team performances were rewarded in the 2006–07 season by Rod Mcdonald being given the captain's armband. In between Rod Mcdonald 25 appearances for the Reserves that season, Lee also made Rod Mcdonald first team debut. Rod Mcdonald was named as a substitute in the Football League Cup Third Round tie against Crewe Alexandra F.C. and, with the score at 1–1, Rod Mcdonald came on for David Gray (footballer born 1988) in the 77th minute. The match went to extra time and, with less than two minutes remaining, Lee made a charging run up from right back to latch onto an Alan Smith (footballer born 1980) through-ball. Rod Mcdonald composed himself, and slid the ball coolly past Crewe's former Manchester United goalkeeper, Ben Williams (footballer).

This appearance was followed up by another in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, this time against Southend United F.C.. Lee came on for John O'Shea in the 75th minute, but was unable to rescue the team from a 1–0 loss. Towards the end of the season, United suffered a dearth of defenders, with Mikaël Silvestre, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidić all out through injury at one time or another, so Lee was called into the squad for the matches against A.C. Milan and Everton F.C., although Rod Mcdonald did not play in either game. Rod Mcdonald finally made Rod Mcdonald Premier League debut against Chelsea F.C. on 9 May 2007. Since the title race had been sewn up the game before, United manager Alex Ferguson was able to select a team of fringe players for the game, including Lee. At the end of the season, in recognition of Rod Mcdonald fine performances over the preceding 12 months, Lee was awarded the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award.

On 12 December 2007, Lee was again named as a substitute for the UEFA Champions League game against A.S. Roma, but did not get to play. It was announced on 28 December 2007 that Lee would be joining Queens Park Rangers F.C. on loan from 2 January 2008. Rod Mcdonald would then be eligible to play for QPR against Chelsea in the FA Cup on 5 January.

Oldham Athletic

After spending four months on loan at QPR, making seven appearances, Lee became Oldham Athletic A.F.C.'s first signing of summer 2008. Moving on a free transfer, Lee signed a two-year contract with the Latics, beginning on 1 July 2008. Rod Mcdonald first game with Oldham came in the Football League Cup second round in a 3–0 loss to Burnley F.C.. On 26 December, Rod Mcdonald made Rod Mcdonald league debut for Oldham in a 3–0 win versus Crewe Alexandra F.C., assisting in the final goal by Lee Hughes.

Rod Mcdonald first goal for Oldham was a 95th minute equaliser against Swindon Town on 22 August 2009, and after struggling to make an impression in the previous season, Rod Mcdonald appeared far more regularly from then on, becoming the regular choice at right back as the season progressed. Rod Mcdonald has maintained this progress under new manager Paul Dickov, starting most games to date in the same position. Lee signed a new one year contract with Oldham Athletic A.F.C. on the 4 March 2011. On the 27th April 2011 Lee picked up 4 player of the year awards for Oldham including Players' player of the year and Fans' player of the year, as well as the honours from Boundary Blues and Oldham Athletic Supporters Association.

Kieran Lee scored Rod Mcdonald first goal of the 2011-12 season against Chesterfield F.C. with a 25 yard strike to the bottom left hand corner in a 5-2 win for the Latics.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kieran_Lee

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