Just as fans were starting to talk on social media about the need to lock down in form players that are out of contract this summer, Scunthorpe have revealed Alfie Beestin has signed a contract until June 2022.
The midfielder has been a revelation this season, but especially in the past month or so, as the Iron’s form turned for the better.
Sitting alongside Louis Spence has helped both players to find form, with a good partnership there as soon as the Iron had a settled back four behind them.
Beestin initially signed for Russ Wilcox’s under 23’s squad in January, but his impressive performances when given a chance in the first team have meant he has been in the squad most match days pre and post Covid, earning a new one-year deal in the summer to take him to 2021.
The midfielder scored his first goal for the club during the 2-0 win against Leyton Orient last weekend, a match the Iron had been predicted to lose by some bookies. But with that said, the party poker’s mobile app shows exactly why having a punt on longer odds isn’t always a bad option.
Following the player putting pen-to-paper, Iron manager Neil Cox said: “It’s something that we’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now, since Will (Swann) came into the building.
“I think he has done a really good job in midfield and has shown a lot of character and desire. He’s looked strong, he’s looked fit and he’s enjoying playing for this football club. As soon as we made the offer to him, he was happy to come in and sign it.
“He’s a boy who wants to be at this football club and when you drop out of professional football it’s never easy. He’s shown a lot of desire, a lot of spirit and he’s taken his chance when he’s been given it.”
And the player himself is clearly happy with his decision to join Scunthorpe, going on to describe his impressive start to the season.
“I’m pleased to sign a new contract. I think it’s been a good start to the season for me.
“I’m playing games and I feel like the gaffer is rewarding me for the performances I’ve put in. I’m really happy with that and I’m happy that I’ll be staying here for a longer period of time.
“Nothing changes for me now either. My heart was always to be here and now it’s for a longer period of time. I’m looking to build on my performances and get better and then, who knows, I could get another contract in another couple of years.”
The Iron head to Southend this weekend, who sit rock bottom with only six points to their name. A win will really start to give us some daylight between ourselves and the dreaded bottom two.