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Delaney: I’m relishing the opportunity to play here and the battle that’s at hand

31 January 2022

Another recruit who knows all about first team manager Keith Hill’s ethics is Deadline Day signing Ryan Delaney.

The defender has worked with the United boss on two previous occasions, so knows what will be required in his third stint with the 52-year-old, and that starts with hard work.

Speaking to iFollow Iron following his Deadline Day loan move from Morecambe, he said: “I’m excited to get going. I’ve worked with the gaffer before, so I know what he expects.

“Obviously I’m looking forward to playing games for Scunthorpe. I’ve worked with him twice before and we get on really well, so I felt like it was a no brainer really. I know what to expect from him, and he knows what to expect from me. I feel like it’s a good relationship.

“First and foremost, you’ve got to work hard, and you’ve got to dedicate yourself to it. That’s what I’ll hopefully do in a Scunthorpe shirt. It’s a chance to impress and sometimes these things take longer than expected. It’s been a few days in the making.”

The 25-year-old reflected on his campaign so far which has seen him make 15 appearances in all competitions for his parent club.

The ex-Republic of Ireland Under-21 international feels United is where he can really push on and get some game time under his belt and, more importantly, make an impact as the side look to battle for EFL survival.

“It’s been a bit up and down (this season),” he continued. 

“I’ve played games here and there, but never really got a run of games. I’m looking forward to coming in here and getting some games.

“The gaffer has just told me to do what I’m good enough and to try to progress on a daily basis. First and foremost, I’m here to defend and leave the rest to the other players. I’m probably more of an old-school defender. I put my body on the line, and hopefully chip in with a few goals at the other end as well.

“I’m relishing the opportunity to play here, and the battle that’s at hand. I fully believe that we can do the job that we need to do, and I’m just excited to get started.

“I feel like the players he’s worked with before all know what to expect. First and foremost, we’ve got to win football games and pick up some points.”

See much more from Ryan Delaney on iFollow Iron.


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