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Ward looking to kick on as he nears return

3 December 2019

Forward Jamie Ward is hoping to make a return to the squad when United visit Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

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The 33-year-old has been out of action since the Salford City away fixture due to a slight hamstring niggle, but is looking to play his part as Scunthorpe look to continue a four-game winning run when they head to the New Lawn this weekend.

“I’m delighted to have come through everything that I’ve had to do okay, it’s been frustrating but we will now put that behind us and go forward,” he told iFollow Iron.

“Training has gone well with no problems at all so I’m looking to kick on for the Forest Green game. It’s always great to see the team do well because it’s a lot better coming into a winning team than a losing one. You want to win every week and that’s part of the football mentality.”

Ward has made an impact in the matches he’s played so far, netting in the home clashes against Bradford and Exeter, and feels he has a lot to offer the squad.

He said: “I’ve scored two goals and set one up, so at least I’ve done something in the games that I have been in and around. It’s just a case of trying to pick up where I left and hopefully we can carry on still winning as a group.”

There are six matches up to New Year’s Day and Ward knows the strength of squad will prove important throughout the festive period.

He stated: “December is always a busy month and we know what’s expected of us, and what we’ve got to do. It’s all about the squad, especially this month with a lot of games in a short space of time. Everyone will at some point get their chance, and it’s about taking that and not letting other people down.

“We will just control what we can control, and that is game-by-game. It’s a case of just worrying about us. We know if we keep performing, we’ll continue to climb up the table. It’s about consistency – winning games at home, picking points up away, and who knows what can happen.

“You can see the squad is quite strong at the moment and it will only get stronger when everyone is back. I don’t envy the manager’s job picking from the squad when it is just about full strength, but I’m sure he’ll go with who he thinks is right for those games.”

Concluding with a word about his spell with the Iron so far, the frontman added: “I’ve really enjoyed it. They’re a great group of lads and it’s just been frustrating with the injury, I couldn’t have asked for any more really. I think we’re very fortunate that at League Two level we have these kinds of facilities and should appreciate where we are but don’t get carried away with it.”

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