Mansfield Town have brought back goalkeeper Christy Pym on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell at the club last season, as confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
Pym made 45 appearances in net for the Stags last season as the club fell short of seventh place on the final day. The goalkeeper has now made his move to Nottinghamshire permanent, signing until the summer of 2025.
Who is Christy Pym?
The Devon-born keeper came through the youth ranks at hometown club Exeter City, being handed his first professional contract at age 18 by Paul Tisdale in 2013. He would also go on to receive his first call up to the England U20’s for a friendly against Romania.
Christy went on to make 166 appearances for the Grecians, keeping 43 clean sheets while being a key figure in two of Exeter’s play-off campaigns.
He joined Peterborough in May 2019 following the expiry of his contract at St James Park, signing a three year deal at the club. Pym made 94 appearances for the Posh, keeping 15 clean sheets in the 2020/21 season as Darren Ferguson’s side secured promotion to the Championship.
However, his time at London Road came to a bitter end as Darren Ferguson claimed that the keeper had overstepped the mark in the dressing room following a home defeat to Reading. He was subsequently loaned out to Stevenage in January 2022 to reunite with former manager Paul Tisdale before Steve Evans was later appointed.
Pym then signed a season long loan at Mansfield in July 2022, making 45 appearances and keeping 15 clean sheets as Nigel Clough’s side finished eighth in League Two. However, the Stags still narrowly missed out on the final play off spot.
What has been said?
Stags manager Nigel Clough told Mansfield’s official club website:
“It’s no secret that Christy has been our number one target and we’re delighted to get his permanent deal over the line. He did exceptionally well for us last season.
“We didn’t want to disrupt the goalkeeping department from last season so it’s good to keep together Christy, Scott Flinders, Owen Mason and now Louie Turner.”
Consistency and healthy competition is crucial for any promotion campaign; therefore, playing 45 games for Mansfield last term it should come as no surprise that he was the club’s number one target.
The Stags found themselves very unlucky with injuries last season so Pym will provide the stability in-between the sticks that Clough’s side will need as they look to challenge near the top. With Pym having that promotion know-how alongside familiarity with the manager and squad, he is an excellent acquisition for Mansfield in my opinion.