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Ian Lawlor: I'm here to challenge and give 100%

27 January 2020

Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is looking to kick on with his professional career after arriving at the Iron on loan from local rivals Doncaster Rovers.

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27 January 2020

The 25-year-old celebrated a milestone of 100 career appearances as recent as September and comes in as competition for Rory Watson after Jake Eastwood was recalled by Sheffield United earlier this month.

Speaking to iFollow Iron following his first day at the club, Lawlor said: "I’m delighted to get it over the line. I wanted to come here to progress even more in my career, to develop as a goalkeeper and to keep improving.

"I’ve come in to fight and challenge the 'keepers that are already here. We are all going to work hard and push each other. It’s been good to come in, meet all the lads, the manager and the staff. I really get on with the boys and they’ve made me feel welcome and I was delighted to get the first session done.

"I’m here to give 100% to this club and I won’t be focusing on anything else other than being here from now until my loan finishes. Hopefully we can get some good results under our belts and climb the table."

The former Manchester City shot stopper will go straight into the match day squad for the away league encounter at Northampton Town on Tuesday and, after a difficult couple of seasons with limited game time, the Irishman is looking forward to the prospect of minutes on the pitch.

"I’m looking forward to it," he continued. "We got training done on Monday morning and I’ll be ready tomorrow, if selected.

"It’s been stop-start (reflecting on the last couple of seasons), some reasons through no fault of my own. Things have been out of my hands, but I’m the type of player to keep my head down, keep working hard and take my opportunity when it comes my way.

"I love what I do. It’s been challenging, but I’ve really enjoyed my time wherever I’ve been and I just want to kick on now."

Lawlor was in the stands for Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra at the Sands Venue Stadium and it was a positive first impression for him and one the group will be looking to build upon on Tuesday evening.

"It was a good game and a good result," he stated.

"Crewe are flying at the moment and are doing really well, but I thought we did really well in stopping them with the strengths that they have and I think we could have nicked the game towards the end.

"Northampton will be a physical game and we know what their strengths are, but we have strengths ourselves and we’ll be looking to capitalise on that."

See much more from Ian Lawlor, Jacob Bedeau and Paul Hurst ahead of Tuesday's away league encounter against Northampton Town on iFollow Iron. Click here to subscribe.

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