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Onariase: This is a place where I can excel

4 August 2020

New signing Emmanuel Onariase feels Scunthorpe United is the right club to excel at and is excited about the season ahead.

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Onariase joins from Dagenham

3 August 2020

The 23-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from Dagenham and Redbridge and strengthens our competition in central defence.

The former West Ham trainee penned a two-year deal and said: "I feel really excited and am just hungry to get going. I can't wait to start.

"I would say I'm a dominant centre-half, who's very gritty, gets stuck into challenges, good aerially and decent on the ball.

"This is a really good move for the next step of my career, and the club has a good feel about it. I think this is a place I can excel at, and hopefully we'll get good results and the club where it needs to be.

"The biggest factor is the club feels homely and every player excels best when you feel at home, appreciated and loved. I believe I can perform to my best in this kind of environment. It's all geared up to push us on."

Onariase can't wait to get stuck into pre-season training, after a long period of time without playing like the rest of the Scunthorpe squad.

He's been using lockdown for self-improvement, adding: "I've been keeping myself occupied with different things that I couldn't necessarily work on in the season. During the season, I don't really read as much. I've used it to do that and discover about things I wouldn't do so in the season."

The 6ft 3in centre-back is excited by the challenge League Two will pose, saying: "I came on loan to League Two (Cheltenham Town) a couple of seasons ago and did well in there, and I'm hoping to do even better this time and push on.

"The aim is to get as many clean sheets as possible, put in a lot of good performances and get the team in and around the play-offs.

"I just have to control the controllables, and get focused on taking the opportunity."

He concluded by thanking everyone at Dagenham for the way they treated him in his time there.

He continued: "The fans, coaches and staff were so receptive from day one and have pushed me a long. I really enjoyed my time there and the next step now is to push on and do well in League Two."

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