Connor Jennings stays at Stockport County, but Scunthorpe United turn down Ebbsfleet loan request for Matt Godden
STRIKER Connor Jennings will stay on loan at Stockport County for a third and final month.
Scunthorpe United have accepted a request from the Blue Square Premier League club to extend the loan of the 21-year-old, who has scored five goals in nine games since moving to Edgeley Park in November.
Iron manager Brian Laws says Jennings' spell with the Hatters has helped him improve his fitness levels, which Laws described as having previously been 'very poor'.
He hopes the former Stalybridge Celtic goalscorer, who signed for the club this time last year, will return to Glanford Park in a month's time ready to play a part in what could be an important end to the season.
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"We’re quite happy to allow Connot to continue at Stockport," said Laws.
“It gives him a great chance to keep playing games and scoring goals.
“I don’t want to pull him back unless I’m going to shove him into the team here.
“I think it’s best he stays where he is and we can keep an eye on him, knowing that he’ll be coming back in February.
“Then we might have a player whose fit and ready for the final push.
“I haven’t seen his performances, but we’ve had people watch him.
“We’ve had some good reports back, but the pleasing thing is he’s getting his head down and working extremely hard. He’s doing what he thinks he does best by scoring goals.
“His fitness levels I thought, when I arrived, were very poor; however they are increasing immensely now he’s getting regular games.
“I feel for those players who haven’t had the chance to play games, particularly in the reserves.
“The fact he is playing will do him the world of good."
While Jennings will be allowed to continue in the Blue Square Premier League, Scunthorpe have rejected an approach from Ebbsfleet wanting Matt Godden to do the same.
Godden spent a month in Kent prior to Christmas and impressed enough for the Iron to want to call him back when that stint came to an end.
"We’ve said that he can’t go out because we need four strikers at the football club," the United manager explained.