|Shortly after signing|
The Beast joined the Iron on transfer deadline day in January for an initial month (which would be extended till the end of the season after his clear influence on our turn-around in form was recognised by the Iron manager and board) with the Iron flirting far too much for comfort with relegation and having no end in sight of the poor form which had haunted the first half of their season. The news of his signing gave Iron fans something to finally be excited about from this season. We had been lightweight up-front all season and lacked any experience or even a leader on the pitch for that matter.
It's safe to say that the Beast's signing along with the re-signing of 'The Ox' David Mirfin have turned our season around, and although we are still going to be finishing a far cry from where some Iron fans would have predicted at the start of the season, we are staying in this league and Alan Knill now has a chance to build his own team and push on next year. I fear had we not made these two signings we would be in the drop zone and preparing for a battle royale in the last 2 games to grab and snatch vital points. Instead, we are heading into a game with Bournemouth with only pride at stake, which is what we were dreaming about at the start of January.
Not mentioned yet is the goals the Beast has scored to either save us from a loss or push us forwards towards a win. His first goal for the club came in a 3-1 win away at Leyton Orient, a goal handed to him on a plate after the Orient keeper fell down injured and dropped the ball. His second goal came in the comprehensive 4-1 win at home to a 'poor' Wycombe side. A week and a half later saw the 'Jon Parkin show' take place after he rescued a point late on for us away at Yeovil, then the following Saturday he slotted home a penalty against the now champions Charlton. His final goal and final appearance for the Iron came in the vital 1-0 home victory over fellow strugglers Exeter.
Sadly since this game the Beast has been plagued by injury and this has resulted in the season finishing early for him. He played a total of 14 games for the club whilst scoring 6 goals.
So seen as though we won't be seeing the Beast play in a Scunthorpe shirt again this season, and sadly it looks increasingly less likely that he will be signing for us next season (but we can still pray), all that is left to say is Thank you Jon Parkin for helping turn our season from disaster and taking us forward to mid-table, all the best!
Iron Iron Iron!!