Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws dismisses 'rumours' linking Andy Barcham with Gillingham move
SCUNTHORPE United boss Brian Laws has labelled speculation linking Andy Barcham with a return to former club Gillingham as just 'rumours'.
There were suggestions the League Two club had been readying a bid for the winger, but United have heard nothing.
"I can only go off what I know and there's nobody made contact with myself or anybody else at this football club," Laws said.
"I don't know where the rumour's started.
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"That's all I can think it is – just a rumour.
"There's certainly been no contact made by any party and I think I'd be the first to find that out."
Laws has frequently stated he must move players on before he can bring any in during the January transfer window, but he says Barcham remains firmly in his plans.
The 26-year-old has struggled to match last season's form this time around, scoring just once to leave him some way short of the 10 goals which made him United's top scorer in 2011/12.
His manager says that is the only thing letting Barcham down this term and has told him to "calm down" in a bid to ease the pressure.
"Andy's got a major part to play this year," said Laws.
"He's not been as clinical as he has been. He's capable of scoring goals, he just hasn't managed to do that this year for one reason or another. We need to get that out of him.
"Everything else he's doing, he's doing well – i.e. the work ethic, he's working extremely hard going forward, as he is going back to help defend.
"He's just got to work a little bit on the last third bit.
"I think he needs to calm down a bit because I think he's just getting uptight and concerned because he's not scoring goals.
"Players should always set their own standards, and certainly Barch is one of those who has got a high standard.
"He wants to score goals and he wants to at least play his part in winning games.
"When he doesn't, it doesn't matter what else he's done on the park he still wants to do that part because it's important to him.
"We're supporting him all the way with it.
"He's a good lad and he's a lad that will give you 100 per cent, there's no question about that.
"If you're in trouble, he's a lad who will dig in and work hard to get you out of it."