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Lee Novak signs for Scunthorpe

Lee Novak

Scunthorpe United have completed the signing of striker Lee Novak from Charlton Athletic on a free transfer.

Graham Alexander has admitted over recent weeks that he wanted to bolster his attacking options, and he has done that with the signing of Novak, who has penned a two-year deal at the club.

The 28-year-old first made his name at Gateshead, where he scored 16 goals in just 18 games. The striker was a transfer target back then for the Iron in 2009, but Huddersfield Town secured his signature. The forward then went back on loan to Gateshead and scored a further ten goals.

In Novak’s time at Huddersfield, he forged a dangerous partnership with goal machine Jordan Rhodes. In four years at the club, Novak contributed 42 goals in 172 games.

In 2013, Birmingham City secured the services of Novak, reuniting him with his former manager at Huddersfield, Lee Clark. His two years at the club didn’t pan out too well, as Novak scored just 13 goals in 69 appearances. However, whilst at Birmingham, he had a productive loan spell at Chesterfield, in which he bagged 15 goals in 38 matches.

Following his release from Birmingham in 2016, the striker signed a deal with Charlton Athletic. Unfortunately for Novak, this was another club where it simply did not work for him, as he scored just 2 goals in 34 appearances last season. He has featured just twice in the league this season, after being sent off 6 minutes into the first game of the campaign against Bristol Rovers. Novak did get on the scoresheet in the Addicks’ Carabao Cup loss at Norwich City last week, though.

Novak is known for having a high work ethic, and can play either in a forward role, or from a wide position if need be. The striker will be hoping to regain confidence at the Iron, and force his way into a starting role alongside one of Paddy Madden, Tom Hopper or Kevin van Veen.

The forward is believed to have turned down Bury in favour of a move to the Iron, which is surprising given his links with their current manager Lee Clark at Huddersfield and Birmingham.

Novak will be hoping to make his debut for Scunthorpe away at Bury this Saturday – could a debut goal be written in the stars?

Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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