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4 July 2014

Following the first day of full pre-season training, United manager Russ Wilcox was delighted with how the new additions to his playing and management staff have settled in.

There were three fresh faces joining in with Scunthorpe’s opening pre-season session as summer signings Jennison Myrie-Williams, Neal Bishop and Lyle Taylor all met their new teammates for the first time.

And Wilcox was pleased with how the trio coped in their maiden training session with the club.

He told the Iron Player: “They all did really well.

“I think they know part of the group from playing against each other and it’s a good camp to come into.

“It’s a happy camp at the moment on the back of promotion last year and they’ve all got good attitudes and apply themselves properly.

“The three I’ve brought in have played a lot of football over the last two seasons and I’m sure they’ll be absolutely fine.”

There was another new body in attendance as John Schofield got involved for the first time since being named as assistant manager.

Wilcox has known his new no.2 for many years and is expecting him to settle in well.

“He’ll be fine, he’s a bubbly character and he knows Deon Burton and Neal Bishop from working with those before so that gives him a little heads up,” Wilcox continued.

“He’s enthusiastic, he’s a good coach and his first day went well.

“He’s very hands on and that helps me. I obviously had Tony (Daws) last year who did a great job and at times it’s nice to step back a little bit.

“Obviously I’ll be hands on myself but it’s nice to have a buffer with him and Andy (Dawson) as well.

“Andy was different class last season and I’m sure he will be again.”

Speaking about the possibility of any new incomings, Wilcox stated that nothing is immanent but that he’s always looking to see what’s available.

The manager also confirmed that at the moment he won’t be looking at any trialists and emphasised the importance of selecting the right type of players.

He added: “We’re not sure if there will be anymore incomings yet but we’re always looking.

“We’re always scouting around and seeing what’s available but we had a 24 man squad out there today.

“There’s a good balance but we’re always on the lookout.

“We’ve got a few trialists in mind but with having 24 players already, it’s got to be somebody that comes in to enhance the group.

“I don’t want to bring people in for the sake of bringing them in so it has to be the right players.

“There are names that we’ve got ready if needed but we’ll see how the group goes in the next couple of weeks.”

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