Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox revealed on Monday lunchtime that young midfielder Luke Hornsey has been let go by the club.Hornsey rose through the ranks at Glanford Park before penning a professional deal last summer, featuring on the bench on a number of occasions without making an appearance.
He was invited to train with the United squad during pre-season but a decision has now been made to release the player.
Wilcox told The Iron Player: “I’ve let Luke go.
“He’s trained all pre-season, I promised him that, and he’s done ever so well.
“His attitude has been spot on but I just feel as though the bar has been raised at the club with us moving from League Two to League One.
“That’s a difficult jump for everyone and it’s a tough decision that I’ve had to make because he’s a smashing lad.”
The local product will now look further his career elsewhere as he aims to get back into the game.
And Wilcox has sent him away with the advice that he should start playing football again at whatever level he can.
Wilcox added: “I wish him all the best.
“It happened to myself, I got released at 18 and I fought back into the game and I’ve said to him that that’s what he has to do.
“You’ve got to start playing football wherever you can, at whatever level you can and build from there and I’m sure he’ll do that.”
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