Striker Matt Godden has "golden chance" to impress, says Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws
STRIKER Matt Godden has a "golden opportunity" to push for a first-team place, according to Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws.
The 21-year-old was recalled from his loan spell at Ebbsfleet United last week as Laws looked to boost his forward options while Nathan Ellington continued to recover from a calf strain.
The latter is on course to be fit for Saturday's home game with Carlisle United, but Laws expects Godden, who found the net three times in four games while with the Blue Square Premier side, to give him food for thought.
"We were thin on the ground, particularly for strikers, and Matty was the only one I could call back at that particular moment," the manager explained.
"I haven't seen a lot of him since I've been at the club. This is the first time I've seen him on the training ground, at least I've seen everybody else.
"He's the only one I haven't seen, so I'm delighted to have him on board, see what he's got and see if he can deliver performances and something I can get hold of and possibly get into the first-team.
"He's got a golden opportunity to try to impress.
"It seems he's done well for them (Ebbsfleet). He's played the games and scored goals so he's certainly come into the squad a very confident young man.
"Hopefully he'll get his opportunity, I'm sure, in the not too distant future."
Laws had the option of bringing Connor Jennings back from Stockport County, but the former Stalybridge Celtic front man's loan has now been extended by a further month.
"We've still got to try to balance the books and it's important that whilst Connor's getting games, there's a financial aspect to it as well," Laws explained.
"Connor Jennings is a player I think needs to be continuously playing games and I don't want to call him back unless I think I'm going to put him in the team.
"We've got him on 48-hour call back anyway, so we know that if need be we can pull him."
Ellington's improvement however, meant Laws was happy to leave Jennings where he is.
"Nathan's done ever so well this week and progressed well," he added.
"We're hoping he's going to be available for Saturday, we'll be very disappointed if he's not. That gives us a bit more firepower, hence the reason why we've left Connor Jennings where he is.
"Nathan was brought in as a replacement for Leon Clarke and we know that when you bring in loan players they're generally not match fit, so we've been pushing him really, really hard.
"We probably pushed him too hard and he's ended up with a calf strain, but we'll be disappointed if he's not ready for the weekend because calf strains are generally pretty quick.
"Hopefully he'll be fit for the weekend and the fans can see Nathan Ellington, because he is a good player."
Defender David Mirfin (knee) meanwhile, is around a fortnight away from returning to training and Josh Walker (ankle) could be back sooner than expected.
"Josh is coming on really, really well. He's probably ahead of schedule," said Laws.
"The physio (Darren Mouatt) is delighted with his progress and hopefully, if he can keep continually working the way he is, he might be back sooner than we think.
"We're pleased with his progress so far.
"David Mirfin is very close. I think he's a couple of weeks away from training with us.
"It's about getting into his mindset now, so I can explain to him everything's fine, let's push on and let's get you back in that team as quick as we possibly can."