Notts County have confirmed the signing of forward Kyle Wootton on a season-long loan from Scunthorpe United.
The big striker arrived at Meadow Lane this morning and will train with his new team-mates for the first time ahead of Saturday’s trip to Yeovil.
The 22-year-old signed a new deal with Scunthorpe in January but wanted a new test for the 2019-20 season.
“This is a big club that wants to be back on the up and in the EFL,” said Wootton. “It’s a good challenge and I like that.
“There were teams in League Two interested but I felt this was the right move for me because of the manager and how wanted he made me feel.
“I know this league well. I’m a fairly young player but have a lot of games under my belt and that helps you no matter what, so hopefully I bring what I know I can to the team.
“I’m physical, I like to hold the ball up and bring others into play, I win headers and look to get on the end of crosses but I can play neat and tidy as well.”
Notts manager Neal Ardley added: "Our intention is to use him as a target man, but he can do more. He’s mobile.
"When we did our work in the summer, he was one we really liked but we have had to stay patient - and that has eventually won through.
"Thanks to Scunthorpe – they’ve been very open with us since they made their enquiry and that’s all you can ask for.
"He’s a very young lad and there’s loads I want to work on him with, but I believe he’ll score and create goals.
"People like Kristian Dennis, Wes Thomas and Nathan Tyson will benefit from playing off him. We’ve got a mix now – he’s only going to give us more options."
More about Kyle…
Wootton came through the youth system at Scunthorpe and made his professional debut in August 2014, aged just 17.
He made a further 13 appearances that season and scored his first senior goal in April 2015 – a stoppage-time equaliser to earn the Iron a 1-1 draw with Port Vale.
That is one of 11 he’s registered for Scunthorpe, who he started for four times in League Two during the first month of the current campaign.
Wootton, who’ll wear number 14 for Notts, has spent time on loan at Cheltenham and Stevenage in League Two, and at Lincoln, North Ferriby and FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League.
Despite his age, he has already made 127 senior appearances, with his first taste of fifth-tier football coming when he was 19-years-old during his spell with the Imps.
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