UPDATED: Mark Hughes and Jordan Keegan both on verge of leaving Scunthorpe United
IRISH duo Jordan Keegan and Mark Hughes are both on the verge of leaving Scunthorpe United.
The club are hoping to reach settlements with the summer signings to release them from their contracts early.
Keegan, formerly of Monaghan United, and ex-Bray Wanderers midfielder Hughes both linked up with the Iron during their pre-season training trip to Ireland and were dubbed 'ones for the future' after impressing previous manager Alan Knill.
Only Keegan though has made a league appearance and with finances tight, current boss Brian Laws wants to put the money saved, no matter how small, towards his plans to strengthen during January.
"There's going to be a partial settlement for the two boys so they can move on," he said.
"It's unfortunate, but they're just not quite at the level we are and where they need to be.
"I think it's to their detriment if you let them hang around when they've no chance of playing.
"At least we can move them on and release a little bit of capital."
Keegan has made three league appearances as a substitute for Scunthorpe, the last of which was on September 1.
He started the club's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game with Notts County a week later, a match in which Hughes played his only eight minutes of football for United, as a substitute.