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Alnwick: More hard work to come as we push on now

30 January 2019

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick expressed his delight at extending his stay with the Iron until the end of the campaign.

The Rangers loanee has made a total of 27 starts for the club since arriving at the end of the summer transfer window, which includes 25 league starts.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, the 25-year-old reacted to remaining in North Lincolnshire until May: “It’s obviously been a long time coming. I couldn’t wait to extend the loan. I’ve enjoyed every minute here - the staff and everything about the place.

“It’s a great chance to play some more games and we’re on a good run. It’s been brilliant. There’s a great dressing room in there and the management and all of the staff have been brilliant. Everyone through the club has welcomed me since day one and when the opportunity came to stay, I was delighted.” 

With games under his belt, which was the main target when arriving at Glanford Park, Alnwick was eager to complete the campaign in between the sticks and help the side continue their surge up the table.

“The main priority originally was to come and get game time, but now I see myself as part of a team and part of a group of lads," he said.

“It’s about game time, but we want the team right up that table. There’s more hard work to come as we push on towards the end of the season now.”

The news comes after a string of fine saves and another clean sheet in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town. He reflected on the run that United are currently on - unbeaten in six, winning five of those encounters.

“It’s nice to get the clean sheets, but more importantly the wins,” he continued. 

“We’ve been getting the results on the pitch which is the main thing. Even when we were losing, we weren’t playing badly. We’ve had a little bit more luck and once we get one or two wins together, it started to build confidence.

“At the minute, we are focusing on each game as it comes. We’ve had different targets this season, but it’s down to us to get each win as it comes and see where it takes us. Ultimately, this club should be up there, but we can’t get carried away.” 

Videos of Alnwick’s saves can be found on the club’s official YouTube channel, while the announcement of his loan extension was also met with a highlight reel of his time at the club so far. 

The Geordie spoke about his saves from that reel, picking out two in particular: “The Wycombe one was probably the best one at the best time and the penalty save at Bristol Rovers as well.  

“Those two came at big times in the game, but the Wycombe one was the start of the good run, so I would say that was the best one in terms of everything around it. 

“We’ve been on a good run, but we’ve also been on a bad run, so we definitely won’t get carried away.”

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