|New signings Luke Williams celebrates his goal at Peterborough last season|
So far the Iron have made a total of eight new summer signings, and the calibre of the new boys has been extremely impressive.
Stephen Dawson, Scott Laird, Scott Wiseman, Jack King, Tom Hopper, Isaac Assenso, Charlie Goode and Luke Williams are the new faces thus far, with more expected to be welcomed before the start of the new League One season in 29 days time.
The signing of Hopper was always going divide opinion after the striker was caught up in sex tape scandal following the end of last season. No-one can condone what Hopper did, but he publicly apologised. That apology didn’t save his Leicester City career, and he was snapped up by the Iron last month on a free.
Thankfully, the majority of United fans seemed to take the signing well, and were more keen to focus on the footballing ability that Hopper most definitely possesses. Everyone deserves a second chance, and the Iron faithful seem more than willing to give Hopper that.
Dawson, Laird, Wiseman and King are superb defence minded signings. Each of them will bring something wonderful individually to the table. It’s no secret that our leaky defence let us down time after time last year, and these signings will help shore up the gaps – and make us a much harder team to beat. It’s exactly what we needed to address, and well done to Mark Robins and Peter Swann for sorting that out early on in the summer break.
Assenso and Goode were brought in as youngsters who we will look to develop, but there is absolutely nothing to suggest that both players couldn’t get themselves in the first team squad picture should they enjoy a successful pre-season with the club. Certainly two players I am looking forward to seeing progress in the coming years.
Finally, last week we announced the signing of Luke Williams from Middlesborough on a permanent deal. This signing really got United fans excited, and rightly so.
Luke was fantastic for us on loan last season, and should we keep him fit, his creativity can carve open oppositions defences time and time again. He’s a wonderful acquisition, and one who will hopefully bring the Iron many goals and assists next season.
So are we being taken seriously by the bookies? Most bookmakers currently price the Iron at around 28/1 to win the title next year, and that may be a price worth taking a punt on.
Our signings so far have been superb, and with more expected a bet on us could bring you some cash – and if we lead the league half way through the season, you could always cash out and take your profit should you think we may throw away the lead we had.