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Scunthorpe United have announced the loan signing of teenage midfielder Hayden Hackney from Championship side Middlesbrough.

Hayden, 19, joined his local team Middlesbrough at academy level for the under-10s and has progressed through the age groups to make two senior appearances for the Championship club.

He will now join Scunthorpe United in League Two on a season-long loan deal to gain valuable first team experience, after impressing in Football League Trophy performances for Middlesbrough under-23s.

Hackney, who is capped at under-15 level for England, will wear the number 26 shirt for the Iron, and said he is “delighted” to be at the club.

Hayden told iFollow Iron: “The gaffer has told me what he wants and I also know (Iron coach) Tony McMahon from his time coaching at Boro and helped my decision to come here.

“I want to help the team as much as I can, play as many matches as possible, and hopefully get some wins. I want to chip in with some assists, goals and work hard for the team really.

“I’m a box-to-box midfielder who can do both sides of the game, defensively and creatively.

“I’ve been on the bench for Boro but I want to be playing and I can’t wait to get going.”

It is the Iron’s second midfield loan signing from the Championship on transfer deadline day, after Harry Wood joined earlier on Tuesday from Hull City until the end of the season.

Scunthorpe United have made their first move of transfer deadline day, signing Hull City midfielder Harry Wood on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old arrives from the Championship side after making his first senior appearance for Hull in the final game of the League One campaign last season.

He joined Hull at under-16 level and has made one substitute appearance this season, coming off the bench for the Tigers during their 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup earlier in August.

Wood will take the number 14 shirt at Scunthorpe United, and the move is subject to EFL ratification.

The transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday for Premier League and EFL clubs, with teams scrambling to get some last minute business done.

Scunthorpe United defender Harry Davis, who only joined the club this summer, has already been made captain of the club for the coming season.

Centre back Davis, 29, joined Scunthorpe from recently promoted Morecambe in the summer, after his contract at the Shrimps had expired.

He has over 300 senior appearances to his name, and has already captained the Iron on multiple occasions during pre-season matches.

Harry also spent three years as club captain at Crewe Alexandra, so has plenty of experience in the role at Football League level.


Harry Davis has joined the Iron on a one-year contract. | Photo: Scunthorpe United

First team manager Neil Cox praised the 29-year-old’s leadership skills when discussing his reasons behind making Davis the captain.

He told iFollow Iron: “He’s always been a leader, and he’s come into this football club and led by example. He’s trained, organised and spoken to everyone really well. I think he’s at the right stage of his career for this, and he’ll be a good captain for this football club.

“I’ve been really impressed by what he’s brought off the field, but he’s also a leader on the pitch who knows when to scream and shout, when it’s the right time to talk to people, and also when to pull people aside and help them out.

“He’s a leader and that’s what we want. While he’s captain, everyone else has to lead by example as well, and he starts it off for me.”

Harry said he was “delighted” to be named captain and thanked manager Neil Cox for putting his trust in him.

“It’s something I really enjoy. I feel it’ll get the best out of me, and my job’s to get the best out of everyone else as well.

“I will give my all for the football club and try to help us improve on and off the pitch.”

Scunthorpe United begin their League Two campaign at home to Swindon Town on Saturday, looking to improve on their narrow avoiding of relegation last season, when the Iron finished 22nd.

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