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20 March 2015

Ned Kelly says Scunthorpe United are still looking to recruit before the closure of the emergency loan window next week.

The deadline is on Thursday, March 26 and the assistant manager says the Iron may do some business before then.

Kelly said: “We are looking to bring some in if we can, everybody is a valued member of the squad so we are trying to work on a few bits and bobs at the moment. We will see what happens.

“It’s to help the group out, the chairman has been excellent with his meetings with the gaffer.

“They speak near enough every day of the week, so the support is there from the club and the board and we will see if we can get some over the line.”

Conor Townsend’s temporary spell at the club ends shortly before the deadline and Kelly praised the on-loan Hull defender: “[In terms of positions] We’ll look everywhere, that’s the nature of the job, looking to improve.

“Conor has done very well so far, he didn’t play last week because Marcus came back in but we have been pleased with him since he’s been here. The gaffer will look at that again when his loan expires.”

United travel to Spotland this weekend to face Keith Hill’s Rochdale. Dale, who were also promoted from Sky Bet League Two last season, are four points ahead of the Iron in 13th place.

The last meeting was at Glanford Park on Boxing Day, where Mark Robins’ men won 2-1 and Kelly is confident ahead of the match.

He said: “Over the last five or six games we have created an awful lot of chances and not been clinical enough in the final third. The effort, desire and the will is shown by the players and that will come back.

“Rochdale are a decent side, Keith has done a good job over there. The gaffer watched them on Tuesday and we have assessed them.

“All of the coaching staff were out watching games [in midweek], it’s what happens [when we don’t have a game]. Keith has good organisational skills, he has been there before and he knows a lot about the club.

“We look forward to going over, they are above us in the table at the moment and we would obviously like to get three points and peg them back a little bit."

Kelly added: “It would be nice to get a double but all games in this league are very, very difficult and we will not underestimate anybody, definitely not Keith’s team.”

See much more from Ned Kelly on The Iron Player.

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