Scunthorpe United have today completed the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper Jake Eastwood as confirmed on their official website.

The youngster has penned a contract on a season-long loan deal to provide competition to Rory Watson for the number one jersey.

The goalkeeper signed his first professional contract with the Blades in 2016.

Eastwood has made his competitive first team debut for Sheffield United in 2017 in the Carabao Cup but despite his development he isn’t seen as being ready to fight for a first team spot with the Blades having been promoted to the Premier League.

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Eastwood, born in Rotherham, has progressed through the academy at Bramall Lane and has since furthered his career with a loan spell at Chesterfield during the 2017/18 campaign.

The 22-year-old has also had temporary spells with Sheffield FC, Gainsborough Trinity and Mickleover Sports.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder sees this as a natural progression for the young goalkeeper as he aims to gain valuable first team experience.

Scunthorpe United confirmed the news of the loan signing of Eastwood on their official Twitter page.

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https://twitter.com/SUFCOfficial/status/1147052599029436416

The signing of Eastwood is Scunthorpe’s third of this summer’s transfer window and adding competition to their goalkeeping department will no doubt aid them for their upcoming campaign in League Two in which they will look to respond to the disappointment of relegation last season.

With Sheffield United still looking to capture the signing of Dean Henderson to bolster their goalkeeping ranks, this is a wise decision by the Blades to allow Eastwood to develop further in the fourth tier of English football.

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