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18 August 2014

Monday morning saw two new players arrive at Glanford Park and United manager Russ Wilcox has expressed his delight at getting the deals done.

Burton Albion striker Billy Kee penned a two-year-deal with the Iron whilst full-back Luke O’Neill has signed on a temporary basis from Premier League new boys Burnley.

Wilcox admitted he had a busy weekend finalising the two transfers but is happy to have brought in more strength to the squad.

He told The Iron Player: “I’m delighted to have got the two deals done.

“It’s been a busy weekend but I’m glad we’ve freshened things up.

“The two that we’ve brought in are going to add quality.

“Burnley think highly of Luke and he’ll add plenty of quality and competition and on the other side of it, Billy is a goal scorer and you can’t have enough of those in your squad.”

Kee bagged two goals for Burton on Saturday as the Brewers came from 1-0 down to beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 in their first home league game of the new campaign.

And Wilcox stated that the 23-year-old is somebody that he’s had an eye on for a while.

“Burton were 1-0 down with five minutes left at the weekend and he popped up with two goals so hopefully he can bring that to Scunthorpe and he’s another one we’ve always admired,” he continued.

“He scored against us at Burton last season and he was a handful playing on his own up front at Glanford Park as well.

“He’s only small but he backs in well and he’s always in and around the box. You always need someone to finish things off in the final third and that’s what Billy brings.”

With the addition of O’Neill, Wilcox has another option in defence as the club prepare for the home clash with Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening.

The manager was similarly pleased to bring the Clarets full-back in and thinks it will provide even more competition to the backline.

He added: “I have to say a big thank you to Sean Dyche because he’s loaned Luke out to us for 93 days and he’s going to add quality and competition.

“He’s got a bit of everything, he’s got a big presence, height, he’s got good pace and he’s good with the ball.

“He played against us when he was on loan at York last season and we’ve sort of monitored him from there really.

“We’ve kept tabs on him and managed to get him into the building which is great.”

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

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