Stags still looking to recruit

Mansfield Town are hopeful that another new face will join the squad before the transfer window closes at 11 pm tomorrow.

The League Two promotion chasers have already added Jordan Smith, Jorge Grant, Nicky Ajose and Gethin Jones on loan deals as they look to secure an automatic promotion place in May.

The Stags have also made Stoke City loanee Ryan Sweeney a permanent signing.

However, it appears that they may be doing some more business before the window closes. Speaking in the aftermath of last nights 1-1 draw away to fellow promotion chasers Forest Green Rovers, Stags boss Gary Flitcroft revealed to the clubs official website that “Greg (Abbott, head of football operations) is working hard on the balance of the squad and making sure our numbers are right.”

“We’re still working as there’s another 48 hours as we speak. We’re working on certain aspects, and if they come off, great.”

Mansfield took the lead at Forest Green when two of their new boys combined, Nicky Ajose laying on Jorge Grant for the opener but Reuben Reid came on as a substitute for Rovers to head them level with twenty minutes to go.

Flitcroft appeared reasonably happy with a point. He said, “The effort and togetherness of this squad coming down here again and competing like they have done, they gave us everything tonight.”

“We’ll go home with a hard-earned point against a very good team who win a lot of games here.”

Mansfield welcome League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town to the One Call Stadium on Saturday, an occasion that allows free entry for under-18s. The initiative was introduced by chairman John Radford and chief executive Carolyn Radford with the aim of attracting the next generation of Stags supporters through the turnstiles and adding to the atmosphere in the stadium.

Flitcroft appealed to the “younger element that might have something planned, come down and bring your pals and have an afternoon at the One Call.”

“It’s your town, and there is a togetherness growing. It would be brilliant to have that young energy and optimism.”

Mansfield sit second placed in League Two, four points behind Lincoln City having played a game more.

Our View

John Radford continues to back Flitcroft heavily in the transfer market meaning nothing less than promotion will be acceptable this season.

The Stags are well placed and have so far had an excellent window with Grant being the pick of the signings. 

They should achieve their aim, but on gates of around 4,500, it will be interesting to watch how they fare in League One. It will undoubtedly be a test of how deep Radford’s pockets are if they wish to progress through the leagues.

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