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11 June 2015

United manager Mark Robins was “delighted” with the capture of left-back Scott Laird as he became the Iron’s sixth summer signing.

The former Preston North End defender penned a three-year deal, leaving Deepdale on a free transfer, with the Scunthorpe boss pleased to add him to the list of incomings at Glanford Park.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get him,” he told The Iron Player.

“He’s got a lot of experience at the level and again he’s another one who has played at Preston and been heavily involved this season and had some success. He’s also played at Stevenage and he likes defending and he likes getting forward, which is always important.

“He’s young enough at 27 years of age, signing a three year deal and like I say, we are delighted to have him. He is the right sort of player. He will come in and compliment the dressing room with the players we have signed and the players that are already here.”

He added: “I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

While defence is his key position, Scott is also very strong going forward, with the United boss indentifying that as pivotal to his team’s game next season as they look to be stronger in the final third.

“It’s a signing that hopefully helps us improve in the final third as well,” he continued.

“The delivery in the final third is going to be important for us and we needed to get that to be a little better. Scott will provide that. He’s a good player and another good, solid signing for us.

“He’s another piece in the jigsaw and now things start to take shape. He’s shown real desire to play and commit to us. He was offered a contract and could have stayed at Preston, but he chose to come here and we will give him the opportunity to play week-in-week-out as long as he’s performing at the level that is expected of him.

“The rest is down to him and he’s come into this football club at a great time. Some of the players that I’m talking to are saying the same things. It is a really good time to be coming to Scunthorpe United.”

Having already played alongside the other two Preston signings in defence, the Iron gaffer feels he will have no problems in settling into the team.

“He’s somebody who is going to add some real character to the dressing room,” said Mark.

“It’s certainly going to be a lively place to be this season. Playing alongside Scott (Wiseman) and Jack (King) at Preston already will mean he will pretty much settle in straight away.

See much more from Mark Robins on The Iron Player.

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