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Feeney: I'm looking forward to trying to help the boys

26 January 2022

Latest recruit Liam Feeney is looking forward to once again working with manager Keith Hill and feels he has the experience needed to bolster the Iron’s ranks.

The 35-year-old leaves Tranmere Rovers where he has played for much of the season after signing at Prenton Park following a season-long loan at the club in 2020-21.

Speaking following the move to iFollow Iron, he said: “I’m buzzing and glad to get it done. I’ve worked with the manager previously and I’m looking forward to coming here and trying to help the boys.

“I know what he demands, and the standards he expects. I had good success under him last year. He knows what I’m about and I know what he’s about, so hopefully I can help out, chip in and get done what needs to be done.”

Present in the stands for United’s 3-2 defeat to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, Feeney feels encouraged by what was on offer, particularly with the side registering two late goals to reduce the deficit and feels some know-how and experience in the side is what is needed to aid the young squad at the club.

Reflecting on what he can offer as a new acquisition, he continued: “Some experience for sure, work rate and some creativity hopefully - and just help out where I can, with whatever is needed to get the job done. 

“We definitely have a young, energetic squad here from what I’ve seen. They run their hearts out for the club, and hopefully I can help out with a little bit here and there with my play and my experience. I’m hoping that’s the case, and we can achieve what we expect at the end of the year.”

Having played 23 matches for the Merseyside-based club this season in all competitions, the Iron are taking a player in a match fit condition, and one ready to continue his run of games.

Indeed, his last 90 minutes came just two weeks ago, with the one prior coming against Scunthorpe in a 4-0 win, and he feels he’s ready if called upon this weekend at Port Vale.

“Definitely - I’m raring to go,” he stated. 

“I’ve been fit all season and played a lot of games so I’m raring to go whenever I’m called on, and when the gaffer sees fit.

“Result-wise it was a good day for me then (against Scunthorpe at Prenton Park), but there wasn’t masses in the game for large parts. Tranmere are where they are due to certain reasons and having the know-how in certain areas. Hopefully, I can add a little bit of that here, and hopefully we can have a successful last half of the season.

“I know I will have to work my way in, work hard and be in the gaffer’s thoughts. My first thoughts are to get in, train with the boys, get to know everyone and hopefully put myself in his thoughts for selection.”

In joining the club, Feeney has swapped a potential promotion push to a battle at the other end of the table, but it’s one he’s ready to face head on.

“It’s two different types of pressures really, but one I relish,” he added. 

“I’ve played in teams where that’s been the case before and hopefully that experience can help out. There are not massive amounts of change that needs to happen as far as I can see. 

“The gaffer is putting his team together, and his way of playing will come out more week to week. Hopefully, I can help with that, and we can have a good second half of the season.”

See much more from Liam Feeney on iFollow Iron.


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