Gillingham boss keen to keep hold of McDonald

On-loan Canaries striker Cody McDonald grabbed another brace of goals for Gillingham at the weekend – and will be staying there if boss Andy Hessenthaler has his way.

McDonald is on a season-long loan at Priestfield, but Hessenthaler is keen to keep him beyond the end of the campaign.

The 24-year-old – who joined City from Dartford in January, 2008 – took his tally to 14 in 22 starts for the Kent club, including six in his last five outings.

'Cody is just finding his feet now,' said Hessenthaler.

'The problem we have is that he is not our player. We'll see what happens at the end of the season, but we're glad we've got him.

'I'm a little bit nervous about speaking to Norwich.

'He's ours up until the end of the season.

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' I'd love to think we can keep him beyond, but it's up to Norwich.

'He's probably pricing himself out of our market.

'If Norwich don't decide to keep him, hopefully we'll go up and that will only bode well in attracting someone like Cody because I think he'll certainly be attracting clubs above League Two.'

Canaries midfielder Matt Gill - on loan at struggling Walsall - scored his first goal since April 2009 as the Saddlers demolished Bristol Rovers 6-1.

Oli Johnson, on loan from City to Yeovil, scored their opener in a 2-1 win at Brentford, who included another loanee, Owain Tudur Jones, in their midfield.

City youngster Tom Adeyemi played the full 90 minutes of Bradford's 2-2 draw at Chesterfield. Luke Daley was an unused sub for Stevenage's 2-1 FA Cup home defeat by Reading, while centre-half Jens Berthel Askou, on loan to Millwall, is serving a three-match suspension.