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"PASTURES NEW AND I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE"

26 May 2015

Fresh from promotion celebrations with Preston North End, versatile player Jack King was delighted to sign with the Iron.

The Oxford-born midfielder, who can also play in defence and attack, played 28 games for the Lilywhites on their way to promotion via the play-offs at the weekend, joins the Iron on a two-year contract.

“First and foremost, it’s pleasing to sign for the club,” he told The Iron Player.

“It was a decent season at Preston and obviously its pastures new and I’m pleased to be here. I’ve played the last three seasons at this level and I know quite a bit about it. I’ve played over a hundred games for Preston but it was time to move on for me. I needed to be playing games at this stage of my career so hopefully I can do that here and it will contribute to a successful season."

He added: “We all played out part (in the promotion) but starts became hard to come by towards the end of the season for me, but I kept my head down and it paid off in the end through promotion.”

Jack will be looking to imitate his personal 2014/15 season at Preston, which saw them rise to the second tier of English football, with the former Swansea City trainee already tasting his fair share of success. Along with a promotion last season, his non-league days saw him promoted on four occasions with three different clubs – most notably a treble with Didcot Town in 2005/06.

“The Chairman and the manager have expressed the ambitions of this club,” he continued.

“I wouldn’t be coming here if we were looking at just being a mid-table team. I want to get that promotion and I’m really pleased to be apart of it.

"In my first season in this league, we played against Bournemouth and they got promoted. Now they find themselves in the Premier League, so it’s definitely a model we can look to emulate.

“It’s a tough league and any team can be beaten on the day and through a season you’re never going to play well every week.

"A good team has the ability to not play well and still pick up the points and if you do that you’re going to find yourself in a position to be successful."

He added: “There are a lot of teams who finished with a lot of points last season, but it goes for every league that sometimes you’ve got to win ugly – and that often proved to be the case for Preston.”

Jack is able to play in a number of positions on the pitch after arriving at Deepdale as a midfielder from Woking, with him looking to play as many games as he can in the upcoming season, first and foremost.

“I arrived at Preston as a midfielder,” he explained.

“It’s been well-documented that I’ve played all over the pitch with numerous games at right-back, centre-back, in midfield and up front as well. I spoke to the gaffer and he’s outlined his thoughts for me and I’m happy to play anywhere.

“There is going to be a fairly big turnaround here with a lot of new faces. It might take a little while to gel, but if we can get it right I’m sure we will be up and challenging where we want to be in the league.”

He added: “As long as I’m playing and the team is successful, that is all that really matters.”

See more from Jack’s first interview since joining Scunthorpe on The Iron Player.




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