Garry Thompson is hoping that his recent spell on the sidelines will not leave him struggling to gain a spot in Scunthorpe’s starting line-up upon his return to action.
Thompson is close to resuming full training after missing the last month with a groin injury, which was frustrating for him after he scored in Scunthorpe’s opening-day win at Reading.
Since being ruled out he has witnessed Chris Dagnall step in with some impressive displays in attack and claim the mantle of the club’s top scorer with four goals.
Dagnall struck a double in Scunthorpe’s surprise 4-0 success at Sheffield United, which was the first game since the departure of manager Nigel Adkins to Scunthorpe.
And caretaker boss Ian Baraclough significantly enhanced his chances of sealing the job on a permanent basis as David Mirfin and Martyn Woolford also found the target to end the Blades’ two-game winning run.
Thompson told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “I don’t mind where I play, as long as I am in the team. I thought Jonathan Forte and myself did well up front together at the start of this season.
“But now Chris Dagnall has started to play well, so there is going to be plenty of competition for places.”
Dagnall is 50/1 to end the season as the Championship top-scorer and will get the chance to add to his two league goals when Scunthorpe travel to Swansea for their next game.
They are 4/1 to claim another three points, but have only won away at Swansea in one of their last five attempts.