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ALEXANDER REACTS TO DEADLINE DAY DEALINGS

2 February 2017

After completing the signing of Rory Watson from Hull City on deadline day, Iron boss Graham Alexander says the 20-year-old goalkeeper has a bright future ahead of him.

Watson, who has spent the season on loan at North Ferriby, penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with Scunthorpe, and will link up with Ferriby for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD about the acquisition of Watson, Alexander said: “I think he’s a very good, young goalkeeper.

“I’ve relied heavily on the coaching staff, especially Paul Musselwhite, to fill me in on his qualities.

“He’s someone we’ve kept an eye on at North Ferriby this season, and we just felt it would be a good time to bring him on board.

“He’s got a lot of potential, and we feel he’ll be a good acquisition for us.

“He’ll be training everyday with us, so that’s a major benefit of the loan move and after 28 days we can recall him if needed.

“Especially being a goalkeeper, they need some time to progress and we feel a three-and-a-half-year contract will do that, because of his age.”

Elsewhere, there were two departures from Glanford Park. One of those was striker Jonathon Margetts joining Sky Bet League Two side Crewe Alexandra on loan until the end of the season.

“Jonny has been frustrated, and I can understand that,” explained Alexander.

“He’s just found the form of the team and the front players, who’ve scored a lot of goals, difficult to break.

“When you’re young if you’re learning the game, you need to play games.

“There was a bit of interest from Conference clubs, but we felt if we could get him a league club, it would be beneficial for all.

“Crewe is a fantastic club, and I think he’ll go there and do well.

“When he comes back in pre-season, hopefully he’ll have a lot of league games under his belt, hopefully league goals and he’ll be in a better place to compete with the players we have here.”

The second of those outgoings preceded Margetts’ move, and saw Jack King move to Stevenage on a permanent deal.

King, who’s already spent half of the campaign on loan at Broadhall Way, has now put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract with Boro.

Alexander stated: “He’s been fantastic.

“He hasn’t obviously played for a long time at Scunthorpe. He went out on loan at the start of the season, and has done exceptionally well.

“He came back for the month and, for someone who's come back and probably knew his future lied elsewhere, he’s a superb pro.

“When he played the two reserve games he was committed and was great for the younger players - he’s a great lad.

“We wish him all the best going down to Stevenage.

“It’s a good move for him and a good move for Stevenage, because they know they’ve got a quality player who can play in several different positions.”

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