David Prutton will be 'big loss' for Scunthorpe United, says boss Brian Laws
A three-match ban means Scunthorpe United will miss David Prutton's presence on the pitch in the coming weeks, but manager Brian Laws expects the midfielder to be just as influential off it.
The Sheffield Wednesday loanee's suspension begins tomorrow following a red card for his foul on Adam Chambers in Tuesday night's victory at Walsall, leaving the Iron with a gap to fill at Coventry City.
He will be a 'big loss', according to Laws. But though Prutton is now eligible for only one more game (at Doncaster Rovers) before his loan runs out at the end of this month, he is unlikely to head back to his parent club early.
"There was the opportunity that he could go back but he doesn't want to do that," Laws explained. "He still wants to play a part and that's great to hear.
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"It shows a great professionalism on his behalf because it would have been so easy to tuck his tail between his legs and have gone back to Sheffield Wednesday for a few weeks.
"But he wants to stay with us. He's enjoying it and that was very pleasing to hear.
"I think it's better for him to be around us than not.
"When you look at the experience he can bring to the team and his organization… he was having a great game on Tuesday.
"He's going to be a big loss and a tough one to replace.
"The fact he's got three games and has only got four games until his loan runs out is tough for him and tough for us.
"There was no malice in his challenge, you can't discipline him for that because he just went in honestly, but he got it wrong.
"He's an honest guy and we like him.
"I've asked him to make sure he plays his part – it might not be on the park but he can still play his part off it with the support to the other players.
"That's something I'm driving with, to make sure he actually does that because the players need all the support they can get from every quarter – from players, their colleagues, the management and coaching staff."
Readers of the Scunthorpe Telegraph will be able to watch Brian Laws' first home game as Iron boss for up to £5 less than matchday prices.
The Telegraph has teamed up with the Iron to offer fans amazing savings on ticket prices for the game against Notts County on Saturday, November 17.
We will include a voucher in the next edition of the Telegraph, out November 15, which offers £5 off all adult tickets, £3 off concessions and enable entry to the ground for all Under-16s for just £1.
Make sure you pick up a copy on Thursday November 15.