Scunthorpe United FC’s eighth summer signing

Scunthorpe United FC's eighth summer signing

Scunthorpe United FC’s eighth summer signing

Scunthorpe United FC have signed former Tottenham and Leicester City striker Ryan Loft, making him the club’s eighth summer signing.

The news was confirmed on Monday after a two-year deal at the Sands Venue Stadium was agreed.

22-year-old Loft was released by Leicester City FC earlier this summer, having played on loan at Carlisle United last season.

And Cox has long been an admirer of the 22-year-old, having kept a close eye on his progress over the years.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, Loft said:

“I’m quite mobile and pitch in with some goals, and hold the ball up. I’m looking forward to working with the other strikers and learning off them as well. It’s always nice to add something different.

“It’s good to be here as a signed player. This is my team and I’m looking forward to giving what I’ve got,” he said.

“It’s been uncertain times over the last few months, but now it’s time to really knuckle down, be committed and give everything I can for the team.

“I’ve been ticking over and have played a few games as well (during recent weeks), so I’ve not come in the door way behind. I’m there or thereabouts with where the team is so can hit the ground running hopefully.

“I know ‘Fela’ (Olufela Olomola) already, which is good to settle the nerves. I was with him at Carlisle (on loan) last season, used to live down the road from him while there, and have basically played against him my whole life really from his Southampton days.

“I want to make a big impact for the team and add goals, work hard and be very competitive for us. Hopefully that can help bring good times ahead.”

“I’ve been speaking to the manager for the last couple of weeks and he’s tried to get me in at a previous club before that. Once I spoke to him, we tried to get it sorted out as quickly as we could.

“The fact he was interested before really helped me with the decision. Now I’m through the door, I’m looking forward to showing what I can do in person on the training pitch and on most importantly on matchday.”

First Team Manager Neil Cox added:

“Ryan’s a big centre forward who we’ve signed to come here and score goals. He puts himself about. We’ve brought him here to lead the line but he’s better than just a targetman. He wants to get in the box, score goals, bring people into play and has pace that can get him down the side of teams too.

“He’s someone I’ve watched for a while now and have done a lot of homework on him, and know a lot about him. I’ve watched a lot of clips and seen a lot of games, so when he came available he was one I was very keen to get over the line.”

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