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31 August 2016

Richie Smallwood is looking forward to helping the Iron push on after signing on a season-long loan from Rotherham United.

The 25-year-old joins to bolster Scunthorpe's central midfield options and becomes their second deadline day loan signing, with Harry Toffolo joining earlier on Wednesday.

"It's a good opportunity for me to get some games," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"Hopefully I can help the team push on, stay high in the league table and go for promotion. It's been a tough start. I've played at Aston Villa and Brighton for Rotherham so far along with a couple of substitute appearances.

"It's about coming here and getting more game time and I'm looking forward to getting started and keeping the wins ticking over."

Smallwood was an instrumental part of the Millers' eventual survival in the Championship last season, making a total of 45 appearances in all competitions.

With that experience firmly in his locker, he's aiming to bring those credentials to Glanford Park and push for promotion.

"It's been a tough couple of seasons," he continued.

"I've played in this division for half a season and got promoted with Rotherham. It has to be the same aim here and get the club back where they used to be."

Rotherham were opponents of Scunthorpe's as recent as pre-season, the latter winning 2-1 on the night. While Smallwood wasn't involved, he was in attendance watching from the stands and was impressed with his new side.

"I know myself, the quality that is within the team, having played against them in the past," he stated.

"They've had a good start to the season and my aim is to help keep that going. I didn't play in the game in pre-season but they really took the game to Rotherham and played with a high tempo and were pretty dominant in the second half."

Looking forward to beginning with the Iron, he gave an insight to the sort of player fans are likely to see when he's wearing claret and blue during this campaign.

"I'm a central midfielder and a little bit more defensive than attacking," he said.

"I like to do the dirty work, pass the ball and supply the quality to the more advanced players who will get the goals and the assists. If I can feed them, that's my job done.

"I aim to get in the team, stay in the team and play every single minute of every game and then if I do that hopefully we put up a good fight to get promoted."

See much more from Richie Smallwood on The Iron PlayerHD.

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