Darius Henderson, the Iron’s tenth recruit of the summer, revealed his delight at putting “pen to paper” and signing a one-year deal with the club.The 33-year-old striker joins following terminating his contract at Leyton Orient earlier in the month and is aiming high for the 2015/16 season in claret and blue.
“I’m delighted to have put pen to paper,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.
“Hopefully this will be the start of a very successful season with Scunthorpe. I’ve been speaking to the gaffer and Ned for the last couple of weeks and obviously since I terminated my contract at Leyton Orient I began talking to him a fair bit.
“I’m just pleased to finally get it over the line and be able to get to know my new teammates and look forward to the start of the season. I came in on Thursday for a little bit of light training and spoke to the gaffer, Ned, Jim Rodwell and the chairman.
“We spoke in depth and they definitely share the same ambitions as me for this season and hopefully it will be a very successful partnership.”
Darius holds a wealth of experience in the top three flights of English football, inclusive of the Premier League and Championship for Watford – something he aims to draw upon in League One this season in aiding the Iron reach those levels once more.
“I feel like I do have a lot of experience now,” he continued.
“Hopefully that will rub off in an infectious and positive way with my new teammates. I think every striker is looking to score goals and I’m no different. I want to be positive in the dressing room, not only just in the pitch. Hopefully this will be a positive signing and I can’t wait to get started.
“I think you can see from the outside alone that Scunthorpe are having a go this season. There may be a transition, with the number of players that have come into the club. We just need to gel as quickly as possible and get off to a good start.”
The new signing holds admiration for the way United have started in pre-season, with victories over Gainsborough Trinity and Hartlepool United, sandwiching a draw against Championship opposition Middlesbrough in Marbella – and hopes for more of the same in the coming weeks before the season starts.
“Speaking to the manager, the team are at a good place at the moment,” he stated.
“Physically, the lads are doing very well, so hopefully we can take that into the season and get off to a flyer.”
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