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18 September 2012

Iron boss Alan Knill fells that all young defender Callum Howe needs now is games.

After impressing for the youth set-up last term, the 18-year-old was the only member of last term's academy side to be offered professional terms with the club.

However, a combination of injuries to Paul Reid and the abolition of the development squad have meant that the youngster has yet to get any pitch time this campaign.

With the treatment table finally starting to empty, the club are now in a position to arrange some behind-closed-doors second string games - starting this week.

They are something the United boss feels is now vital for his development.

“I have got to say it is quite difficult to loan those players as Callum has no CV,” Knill told The Iron Player.

“We need to get him some time on the pitch, which we will try and do in the reserve game this week.

“Really he needs to learn and develop; as at the moment he is a way off the first team.

“I have got to say with the players who have come in we have plenty of players who need a game.

“Connor (Jennings) is one, and Matty Godden, who has come back from Gainsborough is another.

“On top of that there are also the likes of Mark Hughes and Jordan Keegan, who will benefit from some time on the grass.

“Now the squad is stronger we can finally have some reserve games and give these guys a bit of time to play.”

Speaking of Matt Godden, who had spent a month on loan at Blue Square North side Gainsborough Trinity, Knill revealed that the spell had not gone as planned and the 21-year-old is now back at Glanford Park on a permanent basis.

“He got a bit of knock to be fair, I think it was on his calf,” he added.

“That meant he missed two games and unfortunately Gainsborough decided that they didn’t want to take the loan any further.”

Saying that, the Iron boss refused to rule out the prospect of sending the youngster out on loan again.

“We have got four strikers at the club ahead of him now,” he continued.

“Matty needs to go out and play games.

“He missed a whole season last year and now he needs to go and play.

“But at least with Matt he has a little bit of a CV behind him.

“So in that respect it is less of a risk for people to take."

See much more from Alan Knill and Chris Sedgwick on The Iron Player.

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