Scunthorpe boss admits Nathan Ellington has been ‘hit and miss’

SCUNTHORPE United manager Brian Laws is undecided whether to extend Nathan Ellington’s loan spell from Ipswich Town after admitting the striker has been ‘hit and miss’.

The 31-year-old made only his second start for the struggling League One side in Saturday’s goalless home draw with Shrewsbury Town – a game which marked the end of his short-term loan switch. He’s made four other substitute appearances and is yet to score.

“I said to him that we needed a performance from him,” explained Laws. “Nathan’s been hit and miss really, to be honest.

“We needed a performance for us to see whether we continue with the loan or not.

“That’s something we’ll talk about over the next few days, depending as well on what our thoughts are about recruitment in the next week or so.”

Signed on a free transfer by Paul Jewell in the summer of 2011, Ellington has made just three starts for the Blues and 16 further substitute appearances. He is now in the final year of his two-year deal at Portman Road.