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CANAVAN SIGNS NEW DEAL

29 May 2014

Iron defender Niall Canavan has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The centre-back has penned a new deal to extended his stay at Glanford Park until 2016.

He will be looking to renew his central defensive partnership with David Mirfin, after both players helped guide Scunthorpe to promotion last season.

The 23-year-old arrived at Glanford Park in 2004 as a trainee and rose through the ranks at the club.

He signed professional terms during the summer of 2009 after a successful five years with United’s youth team.

Canavan was scouted while playing for Leeds City Boys U15s and subsequently made his U19 Youth Team debut for Scunthorpe against York City in 2005 at just 14 years old.

He played for the Youth Team for four years and became captain of the side as a second year apprentice.

The Leeds born player made his first team debut at Sheffield Wednesday as a first half substitute for the injured Rob Jones and scored his first goal three days later in a 2-1 League Cup win at Swansea City.

He was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town at the end of the 2010-2011 campaign and made four appearances for the Shropshire outfit before returning to United.

Although raised in Leeds, Canavan holds an Irish passport and was called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad in March 2011 and went on to play on four occasions.

He has made over 100 appearances for the Iron.

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