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21 April 2016

Jack Dyche stated he was "over the moon" to be offered his first professional contract with the Iron.

After leaving hometown club Leeds United at the age of 16, the attacking player has never looked back with Scunthorpe, netting 15 goals in 22 appearances for the youth team this season, along with many more impressive displays in the Final Third Development League.

"I'm over the moon with it," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"I feel like I've done quite well with myself this season as well as the (youth) team have doing quite well too.

"I left Leeds at 16 and came to Scunthorpe at the very end of the U16 season. I've had two full seasons with Scunthorpe now, I've enjoyed it and I think I've developed as a player."

Dyche, along with Noel Burdett who has also signed his first professional contract with the club, have been fans' favourites coming through the ranks and has often impressed in the last two years through his apprenticeship.

His involvement with the first team in the current campaign stemmed back to pre-season when he enjoyed a whirlwind 24 hours which saw him net the winner at Notts County before converting the winning penalty against Lincoln City the following day in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup.

"It's good to know I've got backing from the fans as well and it's good to know that hopefully when I break through they'll be backing me," he stated.

"I did quite well in pre-season and it pushed me on as a player and I grew in confidence. I know I've got room to improve as a player but I want to keep working hard and progress even more.

"I was quite lucky to get those opportunities and score in both matches and to have the fans there as well helped me grow in confidence."

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season and beyond, Dyche is looking to "hit the ground running" and do all possible to impress the United staff to earn a place in the team.

"Next season, I want to develop even further and have a strong pre-season," he said.

"I'll look to get some friendlies under my belt and then work towards first team appearances. I'm happy for Noel (Burdett) to get on the bench (on Saturday against Crewe) and now I'll work for my chance to do that as well.

"From there, hopefully I'll be able to push for a position. Pre-season is going to be massive. I want to be as fit and strong as I can and do everything right to try and impress.

"I want hit to hit the ground running and I'll be working on everything."

See more from Jack Dyche and Noel Burdett, reacting to signing their first professional contracts on The Iron PlayerHD.

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