Friday, 19 May 2023


After two relegations in as many seasons the 23/24 campaign could be a much better one for Scunthorpe United as they rebuild under Manager Jimmy Dean and new ownership. Dean joined from Peterborough Sports in January but was unable to halt the decline at Glandford Park as The Iron slipped into Step Two of the non-league pyramid. Six players have already been recruited. 

Centre Back Maxim Kouogun has signed from York City where he has spent the last season and a half. The 26 year old has also played for Wealdstone and Harrogate Town in England as well as Waterford and UCD in Ireland along with a short spell Warrenpoint Town in Northern Ireland. 

Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimmons, 28, joins from Chesterfield where he featured in the play-off final defeat against Notts County. He made 35 league and cup appearances for The Spireites last season. He started his career with Crystal Palace and has also played for Chelmsford City, Notts County and Weymouth amongst other clubs. 

Centre Back Will Evans, 31, joins from Boreham Wood and brings with him a huge amount of experience having also played for Chesterfield, Aldershot Town, Eastleigh and Hereford United after starting his career with Swindon Town. He had made 322 appearances in non-league's top division. 

Left sided midfielder Tyler Denton, 27, joins from Kings Lynn Town whom he helped to runner's up position in the Vanarama North last season. He has also played for Stevenage and Chesterfield having started his career with Leeds United in the academy from 2003 to 2014 and then as a professional from 2014 to 2019. 

Two players have moved from Eastleigh - Left Back Michael Kelly, 25, joines after two seasons with The Spitfires. He counts Bristol Rovers as a former club and has represented Scotland at u15, u16 and u17 level. 

Danny Whitehall, 27, has also been with the Hampshire club for two seasons having moved from Kilmarnock. He has also played for Maidenhead United and is a product of the Liverpool and Rochdale academy systems. 

I'm sure more players will follow in due course - Jimmy Dean will know The Vanarama North Division is fiercely competitive as indicted by the fact only four points covered 4th to 13th place this season. 

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