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IMPORTANT RUN-OUT

11 September 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox was keen to get some of his squad players up to match fitness ahead of another congested period of fixtures.

Several of the squad were sent to play in the reserve team's 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday to gain important game time.

The Iron face another run of Saturday and then Tuesday games, meaning that Wilcox is likely to utilise his full squad.

He told The Iron Player: “I think it’s important that the lads who aren’t starting get some football.

"After this week, we’ve got Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday again and we need them to be up to speed."

Pat Weaver, Andrew Boyce, Callum Howe, Terry Hawkridge, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Matt Sparrow, Billy Kee, Lyle Taylor and Nicky Featherstone were all confirmed to feature, with Wilcox keen to take a look at trialist Featherstone.

The midfielder had signed on a non-contract basis, which was later cancelled, but Wilcox remained keen to watch him play.

He said: “It’s the rules and regulations that are quite confusing. If he’d had stayed with us on a non-contract basis and we’d not have offered him a contract he wouldn’t be able to sign for any other club apart from Conference North or South until January.

“We had to deregister him and then get him back on board. He can play in reserve games, but not in first team games unless we decide to give him a contract.

“It’s a little bit confusing and I hope that has cleared things up for supporters, but that’s where we are at the moment.”

Featherstone has still been training at the club in an attempt to secure a contract and it is clearly an option that has been considered by Wilcox.

Wilcox said: “He’s been training with us and it’s just the ruling that is put in place for various reasons, but we’ve overcome that and he’s just got to prove that he’s worth a deal."

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