Scunthorpe United FC

Scunthorpe United have signed central defender George Taft on loan from fellow League Two club Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.

The six foot three defender has made a total of 184 senior appearances during his career, including five in all competitions since signing for Bolton last summer.

The 27-year-old began his career with hometown club Leicester City in 2011 and progressed through the academy.

During his time with the Foxes, he spent time on loan at Kettering Town and York City, as well as at Swedish club Karlstad BK.

Taft, has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 levels, then moved to Burton Albion in 2014.

After two seasons with Burton and a loan spell at Cambridge United he move to Mansfield Town.

Following further loan spells at Cambridge, he moved there permanently in 2018 for two years before joining Bolton in July 2020.

Scunthorpe return to action with a home league match against Bradford City on Saturday, January 9.

Former Reading and Premier League midfielder Jem Karacan has joined Scunthorpe United on a free transfer.

Karacan has been training with the Iron since November to get his fitness up and has now signed for the League Two club until the end of the season, subject to international clearance and EFL ratification.

The 31-year-old made 175 appearances and scored 12 goals in all competitions for Reading, including in the Championship and Premier League, between 2007 and 2015.

He spent time on loan at Bournemouth and Millwall before moving to his homeland in Turkey to join Galatasaray. He then spent time on loan at Bursaspor before moving back to England.

Karacan then spent time at Bolton and Millwall, and his most recent club was Central Coast Mariners in Australia.

Scunthorpe United have postponed their next three league games as eight unnamed players tested positive for COVID-19 after testing on Monday.

The Iron has seen a rising number of cases amongst playing and coaching staff, with a further 10 having to self-isolating due to coming into close contact with the eight players.

This leaves just 10 players available and, as a precaution, training for the unaffected players and staff will stop for seven days.

Due to these cases, the club has advised the EFL that it is unable to safely fulfil the Sky Bet League Two fixtures against Salford City (October 27), Colchester United (October 30) and Port Vale (November 3) at present.

In a statement Scunthorpe said: “The club is following all of Public Health England and the EFL’s COVID-19 protocols and will not name the players in question.

“We ask that their request for privacy and confidentiality are respected at this time.

“We wish those affected a swift and safe recovery and look forward to welcoming them back to the club soon.”

Meanwhile, iFollow match passes that have already been bought for the postponed games can be used for the rearranged fixtures.

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