11:35 16th July 2013
New Iron signing Etienne Esajas cannot wait to get his Glanford Park career underway.
Having recovered from a hamstring injury, this weekend's home Lincolnshire Senior Cup quarter-final clash with Grimsby Town will see the former Sheffield Wednesday winger make his first appearance for the club since joining on Tuesday morning.
And the 28-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday man has enjoyed his three weeks with the club so far, having signed his one-year deal following a successful trial.
"I am delighted to have signed," he told The Iron Player.
"It has been hard work for me, but I am happy so far and pleased to be here.
"The squad is full of lovely guys. When I first came in they took care of me and supported me, and I can tell you it's never easy for a trialist but they have been great here.
"It helped having Sean McAllister on trial here as well. We've known each other a couple of years, and are staying together as well. He's a good lad and has taken me in for training every day."
The move sees Esajas reunited with his former Sheffield Wednesday management team of Brian Laws and Russ Wilcox, and he admits that proved part of the lure to Glanford Park.
"We had some good times at Sheffield Wednesday and I am happy to be back with them.
"I know what to expect of them as a management team and they know what to expect of me as well.
"We need to push for promotion. You have to set high targets whatever you do.
"I think we can do well. We have a good squad and I know what this side can do."
Esajas showed in capabilities in his one trial game so far - a 7-1 away win at Brigg Town in which the wideman scored a hat-trick in his 45 minutes on the pitch.
"It was good to be on the pitch again. The main thing for me was to get fitness out of it," he said.
"It was important that I played a good game and I managed that. I did well, that was the main thing. The goals were a nice bonus though.
"I will play wherever the manager wants me to play, it doesn't matter.
"I can play on the right wing or behind the strikers.
"I think I have a good cross, can strike on target, have pace and am strong in one-versus-one situations with defenders.
"I just want to be there for the team and be an important squad player."
Esajas revealed that he received encouraging words about the club from former loan star Leon Clarke, who is one of his best friends in football.
"He told me all about it, and they were all good things.
"I know the gaffer and I want to kickstart my career.
"The aim is to play games, remain injury-free, play a key part and set up goals and score them too - like all wingers should do."
Esajas has missed the last two friendlies with a knock but is feeling fine now.
He continued: "I had scan on Monday. It wasn't anything major but the management team just wanted to be careful because with a hamstring you can tear it in a game.
"It was just a case of making sure it wasn't a tear, and the scan came back fine.
"I will be ready to go against Grimsby Town this weekend."
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