Eddie Nolan training with Scunthorpe United, but plans for full-back cover are on hold
SCUNTHORPE United have put plans to bring in full-back cover on the back-burner.
Manager Brian Laws says the performances of Tom Newey and Callum Kennedy during Saturday's win at Colchester United mean the duo will be given a chance to continue in their current roles in Saturday's clash with Portsmouth, even though the former is playing out of position.
Eddie Nolan, the former Scunthorpe full-back released by the club at the end of last season, has returned to Glanford Park to train with the United squad as he looks to build up his fitness.
The Irishman has been without a club since leaving the Iron, but Laws says there are no plans, as of yet, to offer him a contract.
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"It shows you the sign of the times if a decent 24-year-old can't get a deal anywhere," said the Iron boss.
Other targets would appear to be in place for cover at right-back, where Scunthorpe will be without Christian Ribeiro for a month because of a hamstring injury.
For now though, Laws is prepared to bide his time.
"There's nothing new to report on bringing in a right-back," the Iron manager admitted.
"Tom Newey and Callum Kennedy will be saying don't bother and you've got to give them credit because they have proved they are more than capable of steadying the ship at the back,"
"The encouraging sign on Saturday was that it didn't look like we'd weakened the team. That's a really good sign.
"Sometimes it's a case of better the devil you know and we know what we're going to get from these lads.
"I've got to give them credit and the support to say that if they're doing the job on the park, then we should be leaving it.
"What it does is it means I don't have to rush into making a decision to bring in a replacement.
"I'm very aware of the situation and we've got one or two names that we believe we can actually get a hold of if necessary.
"But at this moment in time, I'm quite happy with the way things are going.
"We haven't had any talks with anybody."