Welshman turned down Portsmouth stay after sealing move to League Two side

Dion Donohue in Pompey colours at Norwich last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dion Donohue in Pompey colours at Norwich last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Dion Donohue revealed he turned down a Pompey stay after agreeing a move to Mansfield.

The Welshman has sealed a two-year deal with the League Two side after leaving Fratton Park this summer.

Donohue explained a desire to be nearer his north Wales home was a significant factor in his exit as he searches for regular minutes.

He told mansfieldtown.net: ‘I had glandular fever towards the start of pre-season, which is not a nice thing to have.

‘I think that had a knock-on effect, as in I was trying to catch everyone up and rush back. Every time I came back, I went straight back into the team.

‘Obviously I want to play as much as possible, but at times I think I tried to do a bit too much. Thankfully, I’m over that now, and I’m raring to go.

‘They (Pompey) had an option of (extending my contract for) a further 12 months. I had a conversation with the manager, and he said he wanted to take it up.

‘I asked him if he’d rather not take it up, because I wanted to move closer to home and I think I needed a fresh start to re-energise myself and give myself something to get excited for.’