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ALEXANDER REACTS TO HOLMES SWOOP

7 July 2016

Manager Graham Alexander was happy to welcome Duane Holmes as his third signing of the summer.

The 21-year-old, who has been training with the club for the past week, signed a two-year contract on Thursday to officially sign in time for the pre-season training camp in Austria.

The United boss has been impressed with the attacking midfielder, and believes he can add a fresh dimension to the squad.

"He's an ambitious young lad, who had a taste of first team football at Huddersfield in the Championship," Alexander told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk.

"He probably had limited opportunities in their first team but we wanted to bring him in and have a look at him.

"He really impressed with his qualities. He's lightning quick and very aggressive in his play - in that he's very positive, looks forward and tries to take people on. He wants to score goals and I think he'll be a great addition to the squad.

"We need a little bit more competition in the forward positions, and Duane will definitely give us that."

Capable of performing in a number of positions, Holmes certainly has the ability to make a real impression in League One.

The manager continued: "I spoke to him about his ideal position but he's quite versatile and can play anywhere behind the strikers, on the right, left or down the middle. He can take people on, he's very quick and has an eye for a goal, which we've seen in training.

"I've spoken to people I trust who have worked with him in the past and they were very complimentary about him. He's really settled well into the group, and the players around him have been impressed with his performances in training as well.

"He may well be a player where it's a second bite of the cherry for him, because it probably didn't work out as well as he'd have wanted at Huddersfield, but now he has a great chance to establish himself as a first team player.

"I spoke to him on Tuesday to say we wanted to offer him a deal, and get him on board. We wanted to do it as quickly as possible so he could go away with us to Austria. That trip's all about bonding together and getting that unity ready for the season.

"Duane will travel with us and it's down to him to compete with everyone else and push himself forward for the first team."

When asked about the prospect of further additions, the boss added: "We will keep looking for maybe one more addition, but we're fine where we are and happy with what we've got.

"If there are any gaps we feel can be filled with good quality players we'll keep doing that. It's a natural progression for a club to constantly look to improve.

"The group we have at the moment showed great quality in the games last season, and in the training so far. We've added three really good players to that group."

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