Scunthorpe United no nearer re-signing Matt Sparrow from Brighton & Hove Albion
Boss Brian Laws says he is no closer to bringing former Scunthorpe United midfielder Matt Sparrow back to Glanford Park.
The ex-Iron ace, who has not played for current club Brighton & Hove Albion since March, was the subject of an enquiry from United last week, but the two clubs cannot agree on a package to allow him to return on loan.
Laws, although not describing the deal as dead, has hinted he is now planning to turn his attentions elsewhere.
"We've been talking about it, to try to bring him in, but it's a no-go at the moment," said the Scunthorpe boss, after Saturday's 2-1 success at Coventry City.
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"Brighton are not going down the avenue we want to go down, so we move onto something else.
"If anything changes, you'll be the first to know. For the moment, it's a zero."
Laws was delighted with the display of his first signing since returning as Scunthorpe manager, goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, in the win against the Sky Blues.
He pulled off a string of fine saves late in the second half at the Ricoh Arena to help his new club to a 2-1 victory – including a brilliant double stop in injury-time which denied Jordan Clarke and David McGoldrick.
"All the good work could have been undone," said Laws, of the Millwall loanee.
"That's what is hopefully going to give confidence back to the defenders.
"Sam Slocombe has conceded a lot of goals and while he's maybe saying he's still confident, any goalkeeper who's conceded so many times will be feeling fragile.
"That's why we freshened the goalkeeper up, for the right reasons.
"Sam is going to be a really good goalkeeper for us, but at this moment in time we need experience. Steven has come in and given us that and that solidity.
"When you pull off the saves Steven did, they earn you points.
"He's loving the situation.I just hope he doesn't keep playing as well as that because he'll make it impossible for us to keep him!"
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