UPDATED 09:09 16th July 2012 Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe signed for Scunthorpe ahead of the 2008-2009 campaign from non-league side Bottesford Town. He joined for an undisclosed fee and is steadily establishing himself as United’s no.1 after a patient three season wait. He started his career as a junior at Lincoln City before moving on to the Northern Counties East League club. Slocombe was initially signed as back up for Joe Murphy but was given his first real opportunity of a run of games in the side following the Irishman’s departure in 2011. And it was during the 2011-2012 campaign where he really made the goalkeeping jersey his own, taking over from the injured Josh Lillis and eventually keeping the shirt as a result of a string of impressive displays between the sticks. He put pen to paper on a new two-year-deal at Glanford Park prior to the beginning of last season and started the campaign firmly as United’s first choice shot stopper. Slocombe briefly lost his place in the side to loanee Steve Mildenhall around Christmas but returned to the side at the turn of the year. Norwegian ‘keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen was brought in from then Premier League Champions Manchester City towards the end of the season but Slocombe will be looking to build on his 68 appearances for the club to date in the Iron’s 2013-2014 League Two campaign. The 24-year-old still has another year left on his contract, with the option of a further year on top of that, and is now the club’s longest-serving professional player having been on the books at United for the last five years.