Iron captain Sam Slocombe has voiced his disappointment at suffering a broken arm but has spoken highly of incoming goalkeeper Luke DanielsThe new shotstopper impressed on his debut against MK Dons on Tuesday evening.
Slocombe will spend approximately 12 weeks on the sideline after suffering a broken arm in the 2-0 defeat to Bristol City.
Daniels and Joe Anyon have been brought in to cover and later compete with Slocombe and James Severn, who is also recovering from a broken arm.
“The intentions were always to strengthen the squad and if those moves didn’t happen now, they would have happened at the end of the season,” said Slocombe.
“I welcome competition for places as it can only be a good thing for the club and for the squad.”
He wished Daniels good luck before his debut on Tuesday evening, while also saying he looks forward to working with him when he’s back fully fit.
He said: “Give me two or three months and it’ll be great to be out on the training ground with him.”
The 26-year-old had this to say about the injury he sustained against Bristol City: “It was disappointing for me and it was so early in the game. When the incident happened, it didn’t immediately feel as serious as it was, but something didn’t feel right and Chris Burton told me I’d broken my arm.”
He sympathises largely with his fellow goalkeeper James Severn, who after replacing the injured Slocombe, suffered a similar injury.
“I was really disappointed for James. He’s had a long road back to recovery from what was a serious thigh injury. It has to be said though that neither of the injuries were intentional. The striker did not go out to cause harm and you have to give him a lot of credit because at half time he went to see Severn and apologised,” said Slocombe.
Slocombe, despite being unable to play, is confident of the Iron’s chances of continuing their push up the table.
He said: “There’s nothing to suggest we cannot continue our form from the last couple of months and turn the second half of the season into a march into the top half and really push as high as we can up the table.”