Scunthorpe Utd: Busy night ends with three new faces at Glanford Park
Scunthorpe United have completed a hat-trick of new signings - just a matter of hours before the transfer window closed.
The Iron have recruited David Mirfin and much-travelled striker Jon Parkin on loan, while midfielder Robbie Gibbons, who has spent the past three weeks on trial at Glanford Park, has penned an 18-month deal.
Watford centre-back Mirfin, who returns to the club he departed at the end of last season, had long been a target for United manager Alan Knill during January, ever since Shane Duffy was recalled by Everton.
The 26-year-old will remain with United until the end of the campaign.
Miele S8390 Silence "Best Buy" Vacuum Cleaner - FREE BAGS Worth...View details
Best Buy Vacuum Cleaner with FREE pack of bags - Worth £15.
Contact: 01664 491439
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
His arrival is in stark contrast to that of Parkin, a player about whom United's fondness went under the radar.
The 30-year-old front man, nicknamed 'The Beast' because of his size and style of play, is a veteran of more than 300 league appearances and has joined Scunthorpe on a month's loan from Cardiff City.
He has spent similar spells this season at Doncaster Rovers and Huddersfield Town, the ninth and 10th clubs the Barnsley-born striker has represented in a career which saw him play under Iron assistant boss Chris Brass when he was in charge at York City.
Although primarily a left-footed central midfielder, United's other new arrival, Gibbons, can also play on the left side of midfield and at left-back.
The former Nottingham Forest trainee was able to sign a contract at Glanford Park after settling a dispute with Cypriot side Alki Larnaka, where he has spent the past 12 months.
Gibbons is viewed primarily as 'one for the future' by Knill, who admitted this morning he had fears over whether the relevant paperwork would be completed in time, but will no doubt aim to force his way into the manager's plans.