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1 August 2014

With the new Sky Bet League One season almost upon us, Iron manager Russ Wilcox has admitted that he’s still in the market for a new striker.

Four new permanent signings have walked through the door at Glanford Park since the end of the last campaign, including forward Lyle Taylor.

Paddy Madden and Deon Burton also provide options in attack, as does youngster Curtis Bateson, but Wilcox has stated that he is still on the lookout for another addition to his frontline.

“We’re looking, we’re definitely looking,” he told The Iron Player.

“I think it’s important that we try and go with four strikers although saying that I’ve been delighted with Curtis Bateson this pre-season.

“I wouldn’t be afraid to have Curtis involved in the squad and I certainly wouldn’t be in fear of putting him on the pitch.

“He’s developing well but we’re still on the lookout for someone else.

“We went with four main strikers last year and it’s important to try and do the same this year to cover for injury and loss of form so we’re definitely on the lookout.”

Miguel Llera followed Taylor, Neal Bishop and Jennison Myrie-Williams in signing for Scunthorpe ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

And the boss said that he’s always interested in adding quality players to his squad.

He continued: “I didn’t really expect the Miguel Llera transfer to come off but we’re always going to be interested in quality players.

“We knew he’d gone to Oldham and thought that deal would get done but it obviously didn’t and he came back on the market which was a big positive.

“Credit to the chairman for allowing it to happen and for giving us the finances to get that over the line.

“He’s seen where the club wants to go and he wants to be a part of that so we’re delighted.”

The new season gets underway a week on Saturday and United will travel to Swindon Town on their return to the third tier.

Despite still being on the lookout for a new forward, Wilcox is thrilled with the squad of players he currently has available and is pleased that the team is taking shape.

“I’m delighted with the squad, it’s certainly taking shape,” he added.

“We’ve got some tough decisions to make now.

“We’ve mixed the teams up in the last couple of pre-season games. The team that played Huddersfield was a lot stronger and nearer to the team that I’m looking to play but there are still some big decisions to be made in certain areas.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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