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Flatt looking forward to the competition

10 July 2018

Goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to secure his future and sign a one-year deal with the Iron.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper has spent the last week on trial with the club and impressed as a substitute in Saturday’s 8-1 away pre-season friendly win at Winterton Rangers.

“I’m just glad to get it over the line, have it sorted and concentrate on the football,” the 23-year-old told iFollow Iron.

“It was good to play at Winterton, and get back out there. I enjoyed it. It’s new for me coming here. In that situation, you hope you get something to do and thankfully, towards the end, I made a few saves and showed what I was about.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been out of contract so it’s been a long summer. I was at Wolves from the age of eight, but I’ve had a fair few loans now. Wolves has always been my base but now it’s time to create some new roots and I’m looking forward to it here.”

With Matt Gilks out through a long-term knee injury, Flatt will battle it out with Rory Watson for the main goalkeeping jersey over the coming weeks and months.

“I’ve seen from the training we’ve had over the past week that he’s a very good goalkeeper,” he said. 

“We’re both looking forward to the competition and will keep pushing each other.

“Over the last week (goalkeeper coach Paul Musselwhite) has been brilliant to me and helped me settle in. I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Flatt is now looking forward to the Iron’s pre-season training camp in Austria, which gets underway on Sunday, and the chance to form bonds with his new team-mates.

“We’ll all be living with each other 24/7 and it’s good that the club have got that training camp for us,” he said.

“I’m sure we’ll have a lot of hard work but off-time too where we can create relationships.”

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