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HE'S READY FOR THE FIRST TEAM NOW

31 August 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander believes new arrival Jonathon Margetts can make a big impact at Glanford Park.

The 22-year-old frontman signed for an undisclosed fee from National League side Lincoln City to become our final arrival of the summer.

He has already scored five goals for the Imps this season, and Alexander told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk: "He's a natural goalscorer and his record proves that.

"Even though it's been at non-league level, we feel that if you have that instinct you'll take it to whichever level you play at.

"He came through the ranks at Hull and is still at an excellent age to kickstart his career back in the league.

"It's his second bite of the cherry in that regard and he's highly motivated.

"We've got a player here who can do great things for this club now and in the future.

"I feel he's ready for the first team now. It's not a signing to put on the backburner for a few years.

"He's going to come in and compete with the other strikers we have at the club because we feel we just need to maintain that attacking prowess we have.

"We need as many goalscorers as we can within the squad.

"It's a long, tough season and we need players chipping away all season long and genuine competition."

Norwich City left-back Harry Toffolo and Rotherham United midfielder Richie Smallwood joined on loan earlier on deadline day, and Alexander is pleased with the level of competition within the squad.

He added: "With Jack King and Scott Laird going out on loan (to Stevenage and Walsall respectively), we've replaced those with Richie and Harry, and we've added Jonny to that group of strikers we have.

"I don't think you can have enough goalscorers within your squad. Paddy Madden coming back to the fold (after injury) and bringing Jonny in just adds to our quality in that position."

"It's been a long, productive day and there has been great work by everyone who has been here today," continued the manager, reflecting on deadline day.

"It's an important day for everybody because we have a long period now between today and January to win as many games as possible, and the work on the pitch can only be done because of the work off the pitch."

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