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Cox reacts after 11th and final signing of the summer

31 August 2021

First team manager Neil Cox spoke to iFollow Iron after Middlesbrough midfielder Hayden Hackney became the club's 11th and final addition of the summer.

The highly-rated 19-year-old signs on loan until January and provides further competition to the side after Hull City midfielder Harry Wood joined on a season-long loan deal earlier in the day.

Cox said: "We're glad to get it over the line. He's an attacking midfield player who can get in the box and score goals, and does the dirty side of the game really well. He understands how to win games and I think it's a great signing we've managed to get over the line somehow, as it's one we've been working on for a while.

"We have seen him a lot. He's played a little bit of first team football and I went to watch him the other week. A lot of other clubs have been interested but we managed to pull it over the line with the help of Middlesbrough and his agent.

"He's another player who wants to win, has a great attitude and for him it's about the team and not individuals. He'll bring aggressiveness in midfield, and running power. He's a good passer of the ball and we believe he'll chip in with goals.

"He's raring to go, can't wait to get started and he'll come in on Thursday, meet everyone and get on with it as we get organised for the next game (away at Northampton Town)."

Talking about the two bits of Deadline Day business, Cox concluded: "They wanted to come into the football club straight away. It's never easy getting these things over the line but we've been patient. I wanted to get the right characters in and these two have a lot about them. It's what we need, the energy in midfield, and it makes our squad stronger, keeping everyone on their toes. We've brought some good players in."

See much more from Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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