Deon Burton was brought in last summer to help the Iron return to League One, and, despite time on the sidelines with a calf injury, he has done just that.Six goals and immense link-up play with the likes of Sam Winnall, amongst others, has seen Burton flourish for the Iron, particularly around the Christmas period and early in the New Year, before he was injured at Dagenham & Redbridge.
“It feels great to be promoted,” Burton told The Iron Player, after celebrating his second successive promotion, after doing so last year with Gillingham.
“It’s been a hard season but thoroughly deserving of the team.”
Having surrendered a 2-0 lead against York City on the final day of the season, Russ Wilcox’s men held the in-form Minstermen to a 2-2 draw to finish second on goal difference in this season’s SkyBet League Two.
“York gave us a tough game, we looked to be in control,” said the 37-year-old.
“We let them back into the game but the season is settled over 46 games, not one, so we’re relieved to have reached our aim.”
Burton came off the bench after the visitors’ second goal to make a lively cameo, linking up well with Paddy Madden, Dave Syers and the rest of the Iron attack.
“I’m always pleased to play a part,” he said, having recovered from injury to appear in the last five games of the season.
“I’d have obviously have liked to be starting today, but I was pleased to get on.
“We knew what they were about, we did our homework and gave them a game and now they’ve got the play-offs to look forward to.”
His calf injury ruled the former Jamaican international out for just over two months and it came as he was in fine form for United, but Burton says he is pleased with his contribution this season.
“Apart from my injury, which hampered my performance a bit, I’ve been happy with my form this season, it’s been good to be a part of.”
Burton has been part of League Two’s successful sides for the past two seasons and one particular aspect of the team’s success has caught his eye, echoing what Sam Winnall also told the Iron Player after the game.
“The togetherness and willingness has been very important in this team’s success and that shows with the run we’ve been on.”
Burton’s current deal runs out this summer and he is in no doubt about where he would like to be for the new season.
“My target is to get another contract here and we’ll see what happens. But I think, with this group, anything is possible in League One next year," he stated.
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