Nantwich had taken the centre back on an initial months loan to toughen up the promising teenager, ready for next season when he will turn pro, if offered a contract with the Potters.
After many class performances at the heart of the City U18 defence in the past eighteen months youth coach Aidy Pennock and first team chief Tony Pulis thought Nantwich were the team to take McDonald, whose older brother Clayton is in Manchester City reserves, onto the next level. All that faith disappeared when Pennock turned up at last weekends FA Cup tie versus Leek. McDonald had been benched and was then left on the bench when a Town centre back had to come off injured early on before eventually making his debut, a late sub on the left wing!
This prompted his immediate recall from his loan spell and he will return to the Potters under 18 and reserve sides whilst the Potters management ponder the next move.