UPDATED 09:09 16th July 2012 Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe signed for Scunthorpe ahead of the 2008-09 campaign from non-league side Bottesford Town. He joined for an undisclosed fee and has now established 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 Northern Counties East League club Bottesford. Slocombe was initially signed by the Iron 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 2011-12 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 the 2012-13 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 2012 but reclaimed his spot at the turn of the year. Norwegian ‘keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen was brought in from Premier League Champions Manchester City towards the end of that season but Slocombe was the club’s firm first choice last campaign and has now made over 100 appearances for Scunthorpe. The 24-year-old signed a contract extension during the 2013-14 season and is the club’s longest-serving professional player having been on the books at United for the last six years.