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Hackney: It's a job started that I want to finish

7 January 2022

Attacking midfielder Hayden Hackney is delighted to have extended his loan spell from parent club Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has returned to the line-up in the last couple of games under Keith Hill and has made a total of 18 appearances with the Iron since joining on Deadline Day in the summer. 13 of those have been starts.

Reacting to remaining at the club until the conclusion of the campaign, he told iFollow Iron: “I was really pleased that Scunthorpe wanted to keep me. I’m happy to stay here and help the team get out of this relegation battle.

“It’s definitely a job started that I wanted to finish. I’ve been playing games recently, and that’s been good. I’m really enjoying it, so I wanted to continue.

“He (Keith Hill) has been good, and I think he gets the best out of me. He’s really helped me with ways to get on the ball, and the positions I get in."

Hackney reflected on the last couple of games, where United took the three points at Boundary Park before being edged out by Carlisle last time out.

“It was a really good feeling to get that win against Oldham, and we need that feeling a lot more now,” he continued.

“I think we will get that with the way we are playing. I think our performance was good against Carlisle, but we lacked that end product. They didn’t really break us down or create many chances, it was a set-piece that we conceded from."

With a final thought ahead of the game against high-flying Tranmere Rovers, Hackney wants to draw on the Oldham result, and a number of aspects of the performance against Carlisle United.

“We’re focused on the game on Saturday, and we’ll be looking to get the three points,” he added.

“It won’t be an easy one, but there are no easy games in this league. We’re looking a lot more solid as a team now, and we’re starting to create more chances, it’s just about putting them away now, and turning those wins we’ve had into draws.”

See much more from Hayden Hackney, Sam Burns, Harry Bunn and Keith Hill on iFollow Iron.


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