Hurst bolsters squad with two signings

Scunthorpe boss Paul Hurst has boosted his squad, with a double swoop for defender Kgosi Ntlhe and goalkeeper Jake Eastwood on loan from Sheffield United.

The duo linked up with their new teammates on the pre season training camp in La Manga and look set to take part in the first friendly of the season as the Iron face Dundee today.

Iron boss Paul Hurst said he was pleased to have strengthened the squad and both players had made good first impressions on him and the rest of the squad.

Speaking of Ntlhe, who joins on a one year deal following the expiry of his contract at Rochdale, Hurst said: “He has an infectious personality. He ticks all the boxes and fingers crossed he can be a good signing.

“The early signs from him have been extremely positive. The players and myself have been impressed with him and hopefully that can continue.”

Meanwhile, Jake Eastwood links up with the Iron on a season long loan from Sheffield United and will battle Rory Watson for the number one jersey for the forthcoming campaign.

Eastwood has found chances limited at Sheffield United, but enjoyed an emergency loan spell at Chesterfield last season and Hurst believes he has the hunger and desire to succeed in his first loan spell at a Football League club.

“Rory needs competition and I think Jake is somebody who is really ready to make that step now and push to play first team football”, Hurst said.

“I want two good goalkeepers and the early signs are we’ve got that”.

Hurst also reflected on a positive week of training in Spain and hopes that the hard work put in by the squad will give the Iron a good base from which to have a successful campaign.

The Iron are expected by many to bounce back to League One at the first attempt, with many bookmakers such as 888 Sports betting installing Hurst’s men as favourites for promotion.

“It’s been good and I’ve enjoyed it. I think they’ve found it tough, as they should. Pre-season, as everyone knows, is about working hard to get a base of fitness and that will continue when we get back.

“It’s like that for a reason though, and it’s for us all to be successful.”

The Iron face Dundee on Friday lunchtime before heading back to the UK ahead of a trip to Guiseley AFC next weekend.

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