New United recruit Leon Clarke outlined his reasons for joining the club in his first interview with The Iron Player on Saturday evening.
That came after he helped his side to their first point of the season, in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
“I wasn’t playing at Charlton and I wasn’t in the manager’s plans,” he admitted.
“And then the opportunity came up for me to come here on Thursday - I jumped at the opportunity.”
He also brushed aside the notion that the Iron’s current league predicament means anything, revealing that in no way did that dissuade him from committing to the club on a three-month loan deal.
“It’s very, very early in the season, and (with) a couple of wins you’re back in mid-table and back in the mix,” he declared.
Reflecting on the game itself, the striker hinted that it was slightly disappointing that the Iron were unable to see it out.
Scunthorpe went 1-0 ahead, however, were pegged back despite the visiting team seeing themselves reduced to ten-men.
“In the end it was a bit disappointing not to come away with the three points,” he acknowledged.
However, he was pleased to have opened his account for the club during the game. Indeed, his headed goal moments after his introduction gave United a second-half lead in the game.
“It was nice for me make an impact like I did,” he said.
“I always like to hit the ground running when I start at a new club.
“So for me to come on and score a goal was really nice.
“But it would’ve been better had we got the three points and I scored as well – it would’ve been a double bonus!”
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