Nathan Ellington returns to Ipswich Town as Karl Hawley signs new Scunthorpe United deal
SCUNTHORPE United have confirmed Nathan Ellington's loan spell at the club will not be extended.
Following the arrival of striker Akpo Sodje on a deal until the end of the season, the Iron decided to let Ellington return to Ipswich Town after a disappointing two months at Glanford Park.
The 31-year-old front man managed just two starts as he was hindered by injuries and illness, and manager Brian Laws admitted United couldn't take the "risk" of keeping him any longer.
"Once Sodje had agreed, there was no way we could actually keep Nathan, no matter whether we wanted to or not," he said. "The financial implication was just impossible, it wasn't part of the equation.
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"I'm disappointed for Nathan because quite clearly he's a good player.
"It just hasn't worked for him and for us because we haven't got him on the park as regularly as we'd like to for one reason or another.
"It's generally the case when players haven't played for a lot of games that their fitness levels are a bit low.
"His was a bit low and he picked up a couple of knocks along the way, then got ill, so it hasn't really worked.
"He didn't hit the ground running at all, so we couldn't take that risk to take it any further."
Laws now hopes Sodje can strike up a partnership with Karl Hawley, who today signed a contract which will keep him at the club until the summer.
The former Notts County forward joined on a short-term deal in September and has played a key role for the Iron, scoring five goals.
"It was already agreed last week, it was just the paperwork. We're delighted to get it sorted," said Laws.
"I think they (Hawley and Sodje) can forge a really good partnership together, let's hope so.
"They know enough about each other. You could see that in training this morning when we put them together.
"They're working extremely well together at this moment in time, so fingers crossed it works on Saturday."