Newest Iron recruit Jamie Ness is delighted to sign for the club and can’t wait to get started with Scunthorpe United.
The midfielder won’t feature in tomorrow’s pre-season encounter with Gainsborough Trinity but arrives just in time to board the plane to Marbella – the perfect opportunity to get to know his new teammates.
“I’m really looking forward to what hopefully is a season that is full of a success,” he told The Iron Player HD.
“Looking at the players that have been attracted here this summer, with the new stadium on the horizon and the way the Chairman has invested in the club; it’s a club heading in the right direction, so it’s exciting to be part of it.
“I’m a left-footed central midfielder who likes to get on the ball and try and dictate things. The manager has said he wants us to play football this season and that’s a big positive. The pitch is looking great at the moment, so hopefully there will be some good football for the fans this season.
“The signing comes at a good time. The trip to Marbella will be hard work with the heat. It’ll be great to get away and get to know the lads as well and I’ve not missed too much of pre-season.”
Jamie arrives at Glanford Park with nearly 50 appearances already to his name in SkyBet League One having experienced loan spells at Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandra in the last two seasons. That experience is something he feels he can draw upon, with experience to push for promotion while at Brisbane Road.
“I came through the youth system at Rangers,” he continued.
“I broke into the team when I was about 19-years-old. I played a few games and had a few injuries so I was in-and-out of the team. The club obviously went into liquidation and Stoke City came in for me.
“League One is a very difficult and competitive league. We just managed to stay in the league last year when I was at Crewe, which was a massive achievement for that club and before at Leyton Orient I got to experience the other side; getting to the play-offs and then a game at Wembley.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to add to the team here and hopefully push on. The direction that the club is heading in is looking positive and obviously we will try and finish as high as we can in the table – and we’ve got the players capable of doing that.”
The Iron’s ninth summer signing has missed the first ten days of United’s pre-season training regime, but is in good shape following his personal work.
“It’s been good for me so far,” said Jamie.
“I’ve just been training myself really, but I’ve been ticking over from last season and haven’t really stopped, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up quite quickly.”
For further reaction from new signing Jamie Ness speaking about his time at Stoke City, his targets for the new season and his aspirations to get back to a higher level with Scunthorpe see his full interview on The Iron Player HD.