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Kevin van Veen: It feels like home

2 January 2019

Striker Kevin van Veen spoke about the Iron feeling “like home” in his opening interview following his return to the club.

The Dutchman re-signed for United just under a year after departing for Northampton Town, penning a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

“It’s obviously a good feeling to be back,” he said, speaking to iFollow Iron.

“Obviously I know the club well, so it feels like home. It was a tough decision because I was enjoying my time at Northampton. The biggest thing for me was the Chairman’s belief and that was the biggest part of my decision. I’m happy it’s been done early.”

United were the first side to bring the 27-year-old across the water to England, with van Veen believing he has developed as a player even further during his time away from the club.

“I’ve been growing since the first day I stepped foot in England and I feel I can do well here again,” he continued.

“When I left, I was on a scoring streak. I’d scored seven in ten and the feeling was great personally. At that time, it was a very tough decision to leave everyone behind, but I’m looking forward to doing the same thing and do it even better than last time.

“The start was really tough. I needed to get used to the team and the driving, as it was two-and-a-half hours there and back every day. It was hard getting used to it, but this season I’ve really enjoyed my time. I’ve scored quite a few goals, along with a few assists.

“There’s a good feeling around the club. It’s a good club, a good team and I will miss some players and some people there. On the other hand, I’m back here now and I cannot wait to get started again.”

Van Veen becomes Scunthorpe’s first January recruit and believes the Iron will continue to drive forward.

“When I played here, we have been fighting for promotion. We’ve had some great results, great football and great goals,” he said. 

“We’ve just missed out twice and this time it’s more of a dogfight to escape relegation but the Chairman has a lot of belief in the squad. 

“It’s January, so there will be additions to hopefully make the squad better so that we can push on to at least make safety or - stranger things can happen - even the play-off spots. I’m looking forward to it.”


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