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McMahon: One I couldn't really turn down

3 January 2019

New Iron signing Tony McMahon is delighted to have put pen to paper on a deal with Scunthorpe United that will see him stay at Glanford Park for the duration of the campaign, after he signed on loan from fellow League One side Oxford United.

The 32-year-old right-back is a player who knows Stuart McCall well after spending three years at Bradford City between 2015 and 2018, and says the gaffer was an influential factor in making the decision to link-up with the manager once again. 

Speaking to iFollow Iron in his first interview with the club, McMahon was excited to get going in the colours of claret and blue.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, and as soon as I heard of the interest about coming back to work with Stuart McCall it was a massive pull. Being back close to my family up north was an offer I couldn’t really turn down in order to get back playing again.”

As a defender who has spent years playing in Sky Bet League One with the likes of Sheffield United, Blackpool, Bradford and Oxford, McMahon knows all about what it takes to make it in this league.  

Talking about what his experience can bring to Stuart McCall’s side, he said: “I’m just going to come in and look to be a good teammate first and foremost. The results have picked up of late which is good too. 

“I’ve played in this league for a few seasons now and I know what is required, so I’ll look to do my best to try help the team climb the league.”

Having played at Glanford Park as an opposing player in the past, McMahon is now relishing the opportunity to play in front of the Scunthorpe United faithful and alongside his new teammates. 

He stated: “They are a good set of lads, I met them all this morning. I know the manager and a few of the staff here as well, so it’s been pretty easy to settle in. I just can’t wait to get started now." 

Speaking of his biggest strengths as a player, the defender jokingly said: “I’ll let you tell me come the end of the season!"

He went on to say: “I hope to come here and play some games. I’m excited to get back playing with a smile on my face and enjoy my football again. 

“I’m ready to get going now, and I want to get the team to what will hopefully be a mid-table position and see where we can go from there, but we’ve got to get out of the relegation battle first and be safe.  

“I want to come in and enjoy myself, be a good teammate for everyone and settle in quickly too.” 

After signing on Thursday, McMahon has a couple of days training ahead with his new teammates and is excited about the prospect of potentially making his debut in Scunthorpe United colours against Coventry City on Saturday.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it, and I just can’t wait for Saturday now.

“I’ve got a couple of days training first, so I’ll be sure to enjoy them, but it’s ultimately down to the weekends and I love playing football. I can’t wait to get going. It won’t be long now, only a couple more sleeps to go."

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