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Life as a Professional

As I entered the third year of my Norwich contract, my first as a pro, I became increasingly disillusioned with my situation. I’d been included in the first team squad a number of times, and whilst there was talk of a new contract, nothing was ever put to me. I felt that I’d had a good pre-season – playing against Ajax and West Ham where I scored, but talks always seemed to be put off at the last minute.

Adiey Boothroyd, a coach at Norwich had been on a coaching course with Brian Laws – manager at Scunthorpe, and had put in a word for me. I was invited up to Scunthorpe and played a couple of reserve games. It was such a relief to be playing football again, and I’ll always be grateful to Aidey for recommending me to Scunthorpe.

I immediately felt at home, the fans were good to me, there’s a modern ground, and I have full respect for the gaffer. Brian Laws offered to take over my YT contract and I was delighted to join the club on the 3rd of December 2002. I made my debut at home to Bury eleven days later and then scored in my second game in a 4-1 win against Southend.

After adding a further seven goals during fifteen starts in remainder of the season, I’m really hopeful that 2003/04 will be a very successful season. However I taking nothing for granted and appreciate that I’ve a lot to learn. I’m not guaranteed a starting place and I know that it’s up to me make sure the gaffer is impressed enough to select me. We’re a small squad here, but with a bit of luck and if we stay clear of injuries, I honestly believe we’ve got a good chance of promotion.

Nationwide Division 3 Play Off , Semi Final , 1st Leg - Lincoln City v Scunthorpe United - 10/5/03. Lincoln's Simon Weaver is challenged by Scunthorpe's Paul Hayes.