Scunthorpe United: Trialists impress as Alan Knill suffers knockbacks in search for striker
Manager Alan Knill says he has been impressed by a number of trialists who trained with his Scunthorpe United squad today.
Although the Iron boss is still 'optimistic' about bringing in a loan striker before Saturday's home game with Sheffield United, boosting his squad with any of the free agents who took part in today's session is a possibility.
Knill would not confirm who those players were but said most of them are 'experienced'.
"Training has been excellent this morning," he explained.
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"It's just having a bigger squad, more quality around and different voices. It's just what we needed.
"Those players have done well today, hopefully they'll do well tomorrow and then we can try to sort something out. But in the meantime we're looking elsewhere as well.
"They're players in this league and higher, and some who've probably played in the league below as well. They're experienced.
"It's unbelievable the players that are still available.
"I am surprised, but also not because wages and players' demands are still quite high.
"The good thing is the players we've got in now just want to play and they haven't talked about money yet.
"The season's started and they need to be playing, so hopefully we can do something with them.
"It is a wake-up call to them not having a club yet, especially players with really good records and really good careers, but each season the same thing happens.
"We're getting thrown some names that you wouldn't believe, but when it comes to it they still want X amount of pounds to go with that name. We can't pay that, so the search continues."
Knill said earlier in the week he was looking to strengthen all areas up front, including adding some width, though admitted the search for new loan recruits remains difficult.
"We're optimistic," he said, when asked on the likelihood of a new face before Saturday.
"We've had a couple of knockbacks this week with players who were going out on loan and then all of a sudden they're not.
"You just have to keep trying."