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Colclough: I want to try and excite

9 August 2018

23-year-old attacker Ryan Colclough is looking to make a big impact in the claret and blue of Scunthorpe.

He signed on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Championship side Wigan Athletic on transfer deadline day, and our 10th summer arrival is looking forward to getting going at Glanford Park.

Colclough told iFollow Iron: “I’m really happy to be joining Scunthorpe. It’s a team that’s done very well over the last two years. I’ve met the manager and the staff, and it seems a great group of lads. I can’t wait to get started.

“I can play on the wing, as a No 10 and like getting at my man. I want to try and excite, and give people something to watch. 

“We’ve had a great start (winning at Coventry) and I think we’ll do very well going forward. It’s something I want to be a part of.

“I’ve played here a few times and Scunthorpe have always been a good team. I’ve met the manager (Nick Daws) and he’s told me how he wants to play football, and it really suits how I want to play.”

Speaking about his aims while at United, he added: “I just want to play as much football as I can, score goals, chip in where I can and help the club get where they should be.” 

Colclough will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday, as they prepare for a home clash against Walsall, and the winger is hoping to be involved in the game against the Saddlers.

“I can’t wait to see the fans, I can’t wait to get on the pitch and hopefully we can have some good times,” he said.

“I can’t wait to meet my new team mates. I already know Perchy (James Perch) but I know it’s a great group of lads and I’m looking forward to getting involved. I know Mick, the physio, too (Michael McBride).”

While with his previous club, Colclough was a League One title winner twice and he’s hoping to enjoy success winning promotion from the division with the Iron too.

“It was a great journey at Wigan,” he said. “We had some great times there but I’m really looking forward to getting on the pitch, playing some football and showing what I can do at Scunthorpe. Hopefully we can show what we can do this season.”

United manager Nick Daws was really pleased to sign Colclough, adding: “He burst onto the scene at Crewe and is a player of immense talent. He won’t be a direct replacement because he’s a different type of player but comes into that area of the pitch and helps us bounce back from the loss of Duane Holmes. 

“He’s a player we’ve kept an eye on for a long time, and he’s experienced Championship football and top end of League One football. I’m really looking forward to working with him. He’s fit and raring to go.”

Talking about the departure of Holmes to Championship side Derby County, following two years at Glanford Park, the boss continued: “We’re sad in many ways but also proud. He’s contributed greatly in the last two years. 

“You can only be proud of a player coming in as a trialist and leaving to go to a big Championship club with Premier League ambitions. We received a really good offer, and one that was too good to turn down - that’s part and parcel of football. We wish him all the best and move on to the future.”

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