Iron manager Mark Robins was delighted to complete his ninth signing of the summer on Friday.Midfielder Jamie Ness joins on a two-year deal following his exit from Stoke City, and Robins feels the 24-year-old adds a fresh dimension to his squad.
"Jamie will bring good quality to the squad. He's a left-footer so can bring a better balance," the boss told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk.
"He has a decent range of passing and can also score a goal.
"He has a decent pedigree, knows the game and is young enough to improve too so that fits into the criteria we're looking for.
"He was brought up at Glasgow Rangers as a youngster and left them for a decent move to Stoke City, where he has been the last few years.
"He has since been on loan at Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient prior.
"We are pleased to get him through the door because there were certainly a few others interested in taking him.
"He just provides something different to what we've got already."
It was during last season's loan spell at Crewe that Ness particularly caught Robins' eye.
"He's a capable player and did well there last year," he said.
"We watched him on numerous occasions and in the two games he played against us he did pretty well.
"One of the games we saw him in he was outstanding and is a capable player, who has a great passing range. We welcome him to the club."
Robins hasn't ruled out further movement but revealed United will be without Hakeeb Adelakun for their upcoming pre-season training camp in Marbella.
He also revealed team news ahead of Saturday's first game of pre-season away at Gainsborough.
"The jigsaw is never complete, there are always things that happen," he stated.
"We've had some not so great news today on Hakeeb Adelakun. He will be out for longer than we first thought.
"He's been for a scan on his ankle and it's not looking great so he will be out for a few weeks yet.
"With Jamie coming in the numbers are replenished again but, as I've mentioned before, we need to balance those books and we'll look at that.
"If there is anyone out there who can come and improve us though we'll always try and do that.
"Lyle Taylor won't be involved against Gainsborough on Saturday because he has been in and out of training due to a sore foot.
"Kyle Wootton won't be involved either at the weekend because he's not quite ready yet, but should be by midweek.
"He has just had a slight tightness in his hamstring so we're being precautionary with him because we don't want it to be a tear.
"That is pretty much it but the players who will stay behind from the tour at this moment in time are Hakeeb, Lyle, Isaac Assenso and Levi Sutton.
"We will be taking Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who has been on trial with us since the start of pre-season, and Rory Fallon, who we've said we'll give every opportunity to during pre-season.
"We will be looking to get a real good week's work in as we prepare for the start of the season."