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MILES CAN ADD PRESENCE

29 July 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox is delighted to be reunited with defender Miles Addison.

The United boss coached the former England U21 international when he was at Bournemouth.

He was delighted to bring the player to the club on loan from the Cherries for an initial month, with the loan spell beginning on Friday, August 8.

"He can add a presence out there on the pitch," Wilcox told The Iron Player.

"He's a big lad and provides League One experience, which is key.

"I have knowledge of him as a person as well and he's a good sort. He has leadership qualities and was captain while I was at Bournemouth.

"He is a great signing."

David Mirfin misses the start of the new season with a knee injury, and Wilcox says it was important to cover that absence with a player of Addison's experience.

"We wanted to make sure we were right at the start of the season and had people put in place who know what League One is about," he continued.

"That's no disrespect to the other centre-backs at the club. They are all fantastic professionals and have worked really hard to try and win that shirt.

"However, I think it's important that we start the season with experience in there."

Addison has been with the Iron for two days and will continue to train with them ahead of the season opener at Swindon in a week-and-a-half's time.

"It's good how we've done it. The loan is not going to start until the Friday before the Swindon game," said Wilcox.

"It gives him time to get involved with the first team lads and in the friendly game against Frickley on Tuesday night."

The Iron remain interested in centre-back Miguel Llera, who impressed on trial in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Huddersfield Town.

"Everyone saw what he brings to the table - which is vast experience," he added.

"He has played lots of games in the Championship and is not at an old age. He is getting into his prime as a centre-back.

"I'm sure there will be interest from other parties as well.

"He's keen to stay in the Championship so we'll see where that one goes."

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

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