The 2019-20 season has been an indifferent one for Scunthorpe United. They are safe from relegation from the league as the 22 point barrier between themselves and 24th placed Stevenage doesn’t look like it will be breached. But,there will also be a sense of what could have been.
The Iron could still achieve a mid-table finish, but there will need to be a run of positive results for that to be achieved.
Of course, there is still no certainty that the season will be completed this season, which could mean that all the sweat and hard work may have been for nothing. The Iron have won ten games, drawn ten games and lost 17 so far this season, with their biggest troubles coming away from home after losing ten of their 18 games away from Glanford Park. However, there have still been some positive performances this campaign, with some of the loan signings becoming instant fan favourites.
One loan signing that has worked out particularly well for the club has been Junior Brown. The versatile 30-year-old has been prominent in the team throughout the season as he has been deployed at left-back and in midfield.
He has played in 23 games in all competitions, and his defensive abilities have enabled the attacking players to focus on their game. At his age he might not be a young promising stallion in the Preakness Stakes odds, but he is still a horse that won’t go down without a fight.
Brown joined the club on loan from Coventry City in the summer transfer window, but due to the current pandemic, it isn’t known yet whether he has kicked his final ball for the Iron, as his loan expired on the 25th April. Fans will be hoping that they will be seeing more of Brown next season should Scunthorpe manage to persuade Coventry to loan him back for a second season.
However, that could potentially depend on whether Coventry achieves their target of promotion into the Championship.
Jamie Proctor signed on loan for the Iron in the summer of 2019 but has since being loaned out to Flyde after the striker’s loan spell came to an end. The 28-year-old struggled for minutes at the Iron, as he was regularly kept out the side due to the performances of Kevin van Veen. Proctor was unable to settle, which meant that the end of his loan spell wasn’t a disappointment for fans as they never really got to see the very best of the striker.
During his stay at Glanford Park, he only scored one goal. It certainly would have been a disappointment for Proctor, as he certainly had the ability to excel in League Two judging by the 25 goals he scored over two seasons for Crawley Town and Fleetwood Town. However, it didn’t quite work out, as many would have hoped.
Another striker that was brought in on loan by the Iron was George Miller in the summer of 2019, but like Proctor, he has been forced to play second fiddle to van Veen. Miller has needed to buy his time throughout the season. To this point, he has made 19 appearances for the Iron and scored just the one goal. There is no doubting the ability of the 21-year-old, as he does have the potential to go onto brighter things.
He had previously spent successful loan spells at Bradford City and Bury, where he scored a total of 15 goals in 64 games. He has been unfortunate that van Veen’s performances this season have been so prolific. He will return to Barnsley after the season has ended, and could potentially be back in the loan market in the summer of 2020.