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Gilliead: It's a move that excites me

9 July 2019

“When I spoke to the manager (Paul Hurst), and knew the interest, it was something that excited me and I wanted to get it signed,” said new United winger Alex Gilliead, who has joined on a permanent basis from Shrewsbury Town.

The 23-year-old penned a two-year deal to become the club’s fourth addition of the summer for an undisclosed fee, and he told iFollow Iron: “I’m very, very happy to be here.

“Last year didn’t go as planned for me personally, but I spoke to the manager and assistant (Chris Doig) here, and I liked what they said. I’m just raring to get going.

“Scunthorpe has always been up there in the play-offs in League One generally. Last season, for one reason or another, things didn’t go to plan, but it’s still a good club.

“I’m quick, like driving at people, taking them on and exciting the fans.

“I just want to be successful here and part of something. I see it as a big opportunity.”

The attacker is looking forward to meeting his new team-mates and getting ready for the new League Two season, which kicks off three weeks on Saturday with a home encounter against Swindon Town.

He continued: “I kept myself fit in the off-season, but know people who have worked with the gaffer and Doigy recently, and I know they like to keep the players fit. I’m expecting it to be hard but it’s something I’m looking forward to.

“I know (Matthew Lund) Lundy and Rory McArdle from when I was at Bradford, and also Yasin (Ben El-Mhanni) from when I was at Newcastle.”

Referring to targets for the season ahead, he stated: “I like to keep them to myself, but I’m someone who wants to succeed and for the club to do well, pushing forward and getting us back on the up.

“Over the weeks, I’ll settle in, get to know everyone and it’ll be just like home.”

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