John Coleman has secured his ‘main target’ with the signing of defender Cameron Burgess on a three-year deal.
The 24-year-old has been at Scunthorpe since 2017 and spent last season on loan at Salford City.
He was born in Scotland, spent time in Australia and has played for both Scotland up to Under 19 level and Australia at Under 23 level.
The centre half started his career at Fulham and has spent time on loan at Ross County, Cheltenham, Oldham and Bury.
“Cameron was my main target over the summer and I am glad we got it over the line,” said Coleman.
“I spoke to owner Andy Holt as we couldn’t make too many signings but he allowed me to sign one and I am glad I have got him.”
Burgess will provide competition to the Reds defence with Mark Hughes and Ross Sykes occupying the two centre half spots regularly last season.
“Mark can’t go on forever but he is fit enough to compete this year," continued Coleman.
“We had a terrible raft of injuries towards the end of last season and we were left with no centre halves so you have got to have competition.
“It could also lend to a change of system with the opportunity to play three at the back. This will cover all bases.”
Burgess can’t wait to get going when the new season kicks off on 12/13th September and, having signed a lengthy deal, he now wants to be settled.
“I grew up in Scotland, I moved to Australia when I was about 10 came back at 16 to play football.
“Loan spells are part of football and you do get used to them.
“Now, I want to get settled and kick on and play football.
“The main aim is to play well and play consistently and I am looking forward to getting started.”