New Iron goalkeeper Luke Daniels is looking forward to settling down and helping the club continue to climb the league, following signing for Scunthorpe United on a two-and-a-half-year deal.He joins the club from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, where he played with loanee Liam O’Neil and will be likely to go straight into the Iron side to face MK Dons on Tuesday night.
The deal comes at an important time, with United losing both Sam Slocombe and James Severn to injury at the weekend.
Daniels is excited to join the club and told The Iron Player: “I’m delighted to be here. I can’t wait to get started.
“At about Christmas time we knew there was something on the cards and with the injuries, that’s sort of sped it along really. It’s happened quite quickly over the last few days.”
The 27-year-old is looking forward to getting started with the Iron after a series of loan spells in his career and hopes to cement his place in the team, starting on Tuesday night.
He said: “Definitely, that was what I was after. I want a bit of stability where I’m not trying to get out on loan and I can settle down and play my football so I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve had lots of loan spells, I’ve played in play-off finals and I’ve played in the Premier League so I’ve been around.
“It’s a common misconception that I’ve been sat around for ten years, but that’s not the case. I’ve been around and got my games, I just want settle down now and play my football.
“Of course it’s unfortunate that both ‘keepers have got injured, but it is what it is and it’s given me an opportunity.”
Daniels is excited with what he has seen around the club already and is looking forward to getting started with his new club.
He said: “We’ve got a couple of training sessions to get in and I’ll meet the lads and get used to being around the place, then I’ll look forward to the games.
“I’ve been around the club today and it’s definitely a club that is looking to get into the Championship quite quickly, which matches my ambitions too so it’s a good fit.”
When speaking about himself, the Iron ‘keeper feels his strengths lie with organising his defence and hopes to form a good partnership with his new team mates.
He said: “I like to talk to the back four and try to command my area because they are the guys that are going to make your job a lot easier, so I think that’s the biggest thing to help everyone out.”
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