Connor Jennings has point to prove to Scunthorpe United at end of Stockport County loan
CONNOR Jennings returned to Glanford Park this morning hoping to prove a point not only to the manager who sent him out on loan but to Scunthorpe United’s fans as well.
The 21-year-old completed a successful three-month loan spell at Stockport County at the weekend and is now keen to kick start an Iron career which has seen him struggle for games and goals, writes Kristian Bamforth.
Jennings' last game for the Iron was in the FA Cup at Gillingham in November, in what was Brian Laws’ first match back in charge.
After that substitute appearance, the former Stalybridge Celtic striker joined the Hatters on loan and managed eight goals in 15 games.
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Speaking after Saturday’s goalless draw with Ebbsfleet, his final game for the Blue Square Premier League side, Jennings said he was ‘sad to leave’ the Cheshire club.
“I’m a bit disappointed I haven’t scored more goals, I should have had a few more but I’ll take that,” he told radio station Pure 107.8FM.
“I think the lads have been superb and so have the fans, they’ve welcomed me very, very well.
“I’ve had a few texts from Scunthorpe’s assistant boss since I’ve been here but I’ve been concentrating on my own game and improving more than anything.
“I’ll go back, get my head down and hopefully get a few games.
"Getting game time has been more important than goals because I know I can score goals. But I’m going back to Scunthorpe to hopefully to prove a point."
Jennings, who has started just two league matches since joining the Iron in January 2012, may find breaking into the United first team difficult.
Karl Hawley and Akpo Sodje have formed a decent partnership following the latter’s arrival in January and in Mike Grella they have experienced back-up, even though American has yet to really make his mark at Glanford Park.
Stockport boss Darije Kalezic says Jennings is keen to prove himself good enough to become a regular starter in League One.
“Connor Jennings did very well in the last period, where we lost only one game against Wrexham,” said the Swiss-born Bosnian.
“He seems to have made a real impact on and off the field.
“After a disappointing start to the young man’s Scunthorpe career, he seems to be as focused as ever to help the Iron avoid the dreaded drop to League Two and to also make a real name for himself as a quality striker in League One.”