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DAWSON HAS A BIG PART TO PLAY

21 May 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox says player/coach Andy Dawson has a massive part to play for the club.

The defender was a regular in the team before picking up a hip injury in the 4-0 win at Rochdale.

After then, the form of the side meant he had a prolonged spell on the sidelines which saw him focus on his coaching tasks.

The vastly experienced former Hull left-back has been offered a new contract and Wilcox believes he has plenty still to offer - on and off the field.

He told BBC Radio Humberside: "It reminds me a bit of my time as a player. When I was 37 I moved into a similar role to the one Andy is in now and you're never quite sure.

"I came back for pre-season and played 37 games the following campaign, so you just don't really know.

"The thing with Andy is, he's in great shape and is still only 35. I played until I was 38.

"He still wants to play and everyone comes back on a level playing field to start with, so we'll just go from there.

"What I do know is that he will play a key role, like he has done this year - whether that is on the pitch or on the sidelines, and coaching on the football ground.

"He is a key part of it and he understands it.

"He has played at the top level and has had a great career because he is very driven and confident about his own ability.

"i want to hear that. I want competition for places.

"As with everyone else this year, if he gets in that side and performs well, he will take some moving,"

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