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31 January 2017

New Scunthorpe United signing Rory Watson has revealed his delight at joining what he describes as a “very attractive” club.

I am delighted to sign for Scunthorpe United.

Rory Watson, goalkeeper

The 20-year-old ‘keeper arrives on a three-and-a-half year deal from Premier League side Hull City and will link up with North Ferriby for the remainder of the season, a club where he’s already spent half the campaign thus far. 

Watson explained how his affiliation with the Tigers naturally made the decision a large one, but he revealed the chance to work with Graham Alexander was simply too good an opportunity to pass up.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD about his move, Watson said: “I’m buzzing to sign.

“I’m glad that it’s all done, I think it’s been discussed for the past few weeks and I’m happy to get it all sorted out now.

“It’s very attractive, especially with the club being where they are at the moment.

“It was a big decision (to leave Hull City) because they’ve been a part of my life for eight or nine years.

“It’s a club I’ve grown up with, but it was a no-brainer in the end really, with the ambition of the club.”

That ambition, along with United’s long-term aspirations, heavily swayed Watson’s thinking.

He also said the length of the contract which has been given to him makes him even more thankful.

“I’ve been here before, I know a lot of the lads,” Watson declared.

“I know that the club is looking to progress, with the new stadium being built and it’s a club that’s looking to bring through young players.

“I’m very grateful to the club for giving me a chance, and giving me some time to develop.

“To have a three-and-a-half year deal is pretty special for me, and I’m looking forward to developing as a player here.

“That’s what I wanted, I wanted someone to give me a chance, and I’m glad that Scunthorpe have done that.”

Coming into the building, Watson says Iron boss Alexander’s message was clear and concise to him.

“He (Graham Alexander) told me that the team work hard, and that’s what he wants from me - he wants me to work hard,” Watson revealed.

“I’m going back out on loan to North Ferriby, where he wants me to play games and play well.”

The new addition will now head out to the Villagers until the end of the campaign and, speaking about his time at the Eon Visual Media Stadium up until this point, Watson only had positive things to say.

“It’s massive playing mens football, it’s a lot different to playing academy and U21s football,” he explained.

“I’ve loved it, I’ve loved every second of it, so I’m looking forward to getting back out to Ferriby and playing some more games.”

See much more from Rory Watson and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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