Scunthorpe United in talks to extend loan spell of Millwall keeper Steve Mildenhall
THE Iron are speaking to Millwall about extending goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall's loan spell at Glanford Park into the New Year.
The experienced stopper, who is behind Maik Taylor and David Forde in the pecking order at The Den, comes to the end of his initial month with Scunthorpe United next week.
Mildenhall, 32, has played each of the Iron's last five games and given he cannot move elsewhere, with the loan window for signings closed, manager Brian Laws says keeping the former Grimsby Town custodian is a 'no-brainer'.
"We're already in discussions and we're hoping we can achieve it," said the Iron boss.
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"I can't see it being a problem taking it through to January at least.
"We greatly appreciate Millwall's cooperation with it all.
"He can't go anywhere else anyway, so it seems a no-brainer really that he should stay with us.
"We're enjoying having him. He's a great lad in the dressing room and he brings us experience.
"He has shown, particularly in the early part of his time here, that he can take the pressure off the back four."
Laws revealed that Mildenhall has played through the pain barrier during the last couple of games after taking a knock to his knee when denying Bury striker Tom Hopper in the opening exchanges of the Iron's 2-1 defeat to the Shakers over a week ago.
"He had to come out quickly following a back pass from Niall Canavan," he said.
"He's had a bit of swelling around his knee, but he's had to play through that and I think he's done quite well."