DAVID SMITH - Friday, July 8, 2016
American-born midfielder Duane Holmes has signed with League One club Scunthorpe United on a two-year deal.
Holmes had spent the last three seasons at Championship side Huddersfield Town, most recently under the tutelage of former American international David Wagner, but was not retained by the Terriers after his contract expired.
While dropping down a division to link up with The Iron, Holmes joins a team that missed out on the division's promotion playoff only by way of goal differential, and will be targeting direct promotion in the upcoming season.
The team announced the signing on their website as one of their key additions before the upcoming season begins in approximately four weeks.
"Scunthorpe United are delighted to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Duane Holmes on a free transfer," they stated. "The 21-year-old pens a two-year deal to become our third signing of the summer, joining Josh Morris and Sam Mantom at Glanford Park."
During his three seasons at Huddersfield, the 21 year-old made a total of 27 league appearances, scoring one goal and assisting on three others in the process, although he did only take the field six times during the 2015/16 season.
Scunthorpe begin their gruelling 46-game league schedule the weekend of August 6 against promoted Bristol Rovers, and have precious little time to breathe before the culmination of their regular season schedule in late-April, 2017.