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Karacan discusses joining until the end of the season

4 January 2021

Turkish midfielder Jem Karacan is looking to hit the ground running after signing for the Iron until the end of the season.

Born in Catford, London, the 31-year-old is looking forward to getting back to playing football and feels that him training with the club for a number of weeks will give him a head start with regards to his career at United.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “It’s nice to get it done. I’ve been in for a few weeks getting to know the boys and getting up to speed, so it’s nice to get it all sorted.

“I was hoping to get it done sooner, but with everything that has been going on, it has taken a little bit longer, but it’s given me the chance to get to know the lads, to get to know the gaffer and to get up to speed with things.”

It’s been no secret that the former Reading player has been training with the club for a number of weeks and he feels that time will prove vital in terms of getting to know his new surroundings and getting his fitness up.

“It’s been good,” he continued. 

“I’m really close with Mark Howard - he’s one of my good pals and he’s helped me settle in. Everyone has been really good. It’s been easy to settle in - everyone has been amazing.”

Having represented Turkey at every level from Under-17s through to Under-21s and the A2 side, Karacan adds bags of experience to the side which includes Champions League football with Galatasaray and promotion to the Premier League with Reading.

Most recently, he also was promoted to the Championship with Bolton Wanderers in 2016-17. Speaking about his experience, he continued: “I’m hoping I can add my experience. I’ve been around a little while. I’ve not played in League Two, but I’m looking forward to it. 

“I’ve won the Championship, been promoted from League One and I’m looking forward to coming in and I’m hoping to help the team get up the table. I’m looking forward to getting back playing. I’ve played in the top league, I’ve played in the Champions League and I’d like to think I’ve been there and done a lot in my career. 

The midfielder still feels he has a lot to offer in his career and has worked hard in his weeks with the Iron to get up to fitness as he hopes to go straight into Neil Cox’s squad for the weekend’s home league encounter against Bradford City.

“I’m still only 31 and I’ve got a lot more to offer the team,” he stated.

“There are a lot of young boys in here and hopefully I can help the boys and do what I know I can.

“There are 25 games to play and I’m here to get cracking straight away. I want to get back enjoying my football and I feel like the gaffer can help me do that. I want to play every game. I’m a winner and I want to win every game while I’m here.

“I’ve obviously not played in a little while, but I’m fit, kept myself in good shape, so hopefully the gaffer will throw me in there to get cracking straight away.”

See much more from Jem Karacan and Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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