Donal McDermott: Rochdale forward grateful for lifeline

Donal McDermott
Donal McDermott had spells at Salford City and Ramsbottom United before his Rochdale move

Rochdale forward Donal McDermott has revealed he "wasn't living right" before being granted a Football League lifeline by the League One club.

After coming through Manchester City's youth system, he dropped into non-league before joining Dale in May.

The 25-year-old scored a stunning goal in Tuesday's League Cup first-round win over Coventry.

"I was totally out of the game, I was just working, so when I got that [offer] I was buzzing," said McDermott.

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McDermott was in Manchester City's FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2008 - a side that also contained Daniel Sturridge, Kieran Trippier and Dedryck Boyata.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "It's my own fault, I wasn't living right - but since I've got this opportunity I've been trying to change the way I live and just enjoy football."

McDermott - who has played for Chesterfield, Huddersfield and Bournemouth - also revealed how a controversial tattoo keeps him from slipping back into past habits.

"It's a teddy bear that's cut its own head off with scissors in its hands," he added.

"People will say it's weird but I got it as a reminder to not do things that I was doing. When I look at that, I don't want to go back to before."

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McDermott revealed his personal tattoo to BBC Radio Manchester

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