Iron joint-caretaker manager Nick Daws was delighted to secure the emergency loan signing of Jim O’Brien from Coventry City.The 28-year-old midfielder joined on Monday and adds competition and quality to a United squad buoyed by three wins in succession.
Daws worked with O’Brien at Barnsley before and knows all about the qualities the Scot can bring to Glanford Park.
“I was first team coach at Barnsley when we brought Jim in from Scotland and I think he’s a player the supporters will really take to,” Daws told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk.
“He’s got bundles of energy, a lot of quality and can play in a wide position on the right or fit into the way we’re playing at the moment.
“His game has developed during his time at Barnsley and Coventry, and we’re delighted to get him on board.
“We’re going into a busy period with three midweek games coming up. Jim joining is a really positive sign and shows the intention of where the football club wants to go, on the back of three wins.
“Jim will not only be a good addition to the team on the pitch, but he will also be fantastic in the dressing room. He’s a bright, bubbly character and really infectious. We’re delighted to get him on board.
“Jim gives us something different to the midfield players we have here and we will be able to adapt our game if required. He has a wealth of experience.”
Niall Canavan has completed an emergency loan move to Rochdale.
Meanwhile, Niall Canavan has joined fellow League One side Rochdale on an emergency loan as he looks to get some important game time at Spotland.
"Soon after Murray Wallace came in (in January), Niall picked up a little knock,” added Daws.
“He has been good for us this season and has developed well. It’s important we get the balance of the squad right. It’s great he can go out and play first team football.
“He will get game time and it will benefit Niall and the club moving forward.
“We’ve got cover in the central defensive areas with the likes of Jack King, Charlie Goode and Andrew Boyce, so we are strong in that area.”
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