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Sembie-Ferris: I'll do everything I can

2 February 2023

Scunthorpe United winger Dion Sembie-Ferris insists he is going to do everything he can to help the Iron ensure a positive end to our 2022/23 campaign.

The 26-year-old follows new first team manager Jimmy Dean through the door from Peterborough Sports and has linked up once more with his former boss at Glanford Park.

Sitting just five points away from safety at present, the Iron host Barnet in the National League on Friday evening, with the attacker keen to get going and help our survival cause.

"I am really excited to get going," he told Iron Player.

"This is a massive club, it was in the league for many years and hopefully we can get back there. I am looking to helping us keep our status in the National League and am excited about getting started."

Having played under Dean for many years at Lincoln Road, the former Colchester United man previewed what it is like to work under United’s new boss.

"I have been lucky enough to play under him for four years," he added. "He knows my strengths, he knows my weaknesses and he knows how to get the best out of me.

"I think this is a perfect opportunity for me to show what I can do at this level in front of the fans, in front of the players and for my gaffer.

"He is a winner. He is a natural born winner and he expects nothing less than 110 per cent for sure.

"He knows how to get the best out of players and it will be high tempo, intense and we will be getting into team's faces, looking to pick up points."

Having been released by the U’s back in 2017, the former Margate loanee spent time with St Neots Town before joining Sports back in 2018. 

Enjoying success under Dean and assistant Chris Plummer, Sembie-Ferris told of his journey to reach the point of full-time football once again.

"When I came out of professional football when I was younger I didnt know what I was quite getting myself back into and I dont know if I wanted to play football again," added the 26-year-old. 

"I was very lucky and fortunate to find someone like the gaffer here who built me back up to be the player I am today. He rewarded me with a contract which I am looking forward to take with both hands.

"It was an exciting opportunity and a good experience for me. I played under some great managers and played with some incredible footballers, I learn alot in my time there. I have always taken it on onboard with Peterbough Sports and I will always take in on board here at Scunthorpe United.

"I was at Colchester United when I was used to being full-time and then I went to part-time and working on the side. Now I am going back to full-time, so its going to be a crazy shift but it is something I have done before and I know I can do it again. I believe in myself."

The Iron acted quickly to secure the services of Dion, who has netted six goals so far this season in the National League North and insisted its been a whirlwind period before signing on the dotted line here in North Lincolnshire.

With United falling out of the EFL last season, Sembie-Ferris is keen to kickstart a new era at the club and hopes to push on with further success in the future. 

"Once I knew I was coming here I did my research and I know that this club doesnt deserve to be where it is at," he said.

"But, at the same time, really positive things have happened in terms of the takeover and a new manager has come in. We have had the transfer embargo lifted and we are bringing in players with the boys being really positive to me. The new boys seem really nice.

"I have looked out there and it's incredible. It's all that I want to be doing again and I am looking forward to getting out in front of the fans and putting on a performance we deserve and getting three points.’’

See more from Dion Sembie-Ferris on Iron Player.

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