Paterson slams Iron
Martin Paterson has accused Scunthorpe of 'going back on their word' as he looks to leave the club.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 10/06/08 5:02pm
Young striker Martin Paterson has accused Scunthorpe of 'going back on their word' as he looks to move away from Glanford Park.
The 21-year-old Northern Ireland international handed in a transfer request in the wake of the Iron's relegation to League One.
But the club have rejected Paterson's submission, and have also turned down two bids from Burnley for his services.
Paterson believes he has no future with Scunthorpe and claims the club told him they would not stand in his way if he wanted to remain in the Championship.
He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "I've obviously made it very clear I want to leave the club by handing in a transfer request.
"The reason that I did that is because when I signed, the club said if I did well then wouldn't stand in my way of bettering myself or staying in the Championship.
"I'm coming to the end of a year where I think I've done OK. I've not ripped up trees, but I think I've done well and that Scunthorpe have gone back on their word.
"I understand football and that the fans won't like my point of view and I can only apologise if people think I have disrespected the club. I hope they look at it from the point of view that I'm a young lad and very ambitious and I want to use the momentum I've had this year.
"I don't think I'm a player with unbelievable ability, if anything I think I'm a player that probably lacks a bit of ability, but I've always tried 100 per cent for Scunthorpe every time I've walked over the chalk.
"Last year I think I did well, but I'm nowhere near the player I should be and can be. I'm still very raw and need to learn a lot more. Hopefully the fans, when they look at it, will think that while I do want to leave the club, and I've made that very clear, I've worked hard and have earned the right to better myself."
And while Paterson accepts that Scunthorpe should wait for bid that meets their valuation of his services, he warned that he would not be ready to play in League One next term.
He added: "I don't mind them rejecting bids to get what they want. But I harp on about, when I signed, the fact that they said they wouldn't stand in my way.
"And all I can do is stress the fact that if I stayed at the club I would be a player that was very unhappy.
"I don't know if I'd be in the right frame of mind to play next season, knowing that I could have gone to the Championship."