Zayn Hakeem caught the eye of boss Adam Murray who included him in a matchday squad for the first time against Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two last season.
The youngster has subsequently made a handful of appearances for the first team, showing great pace and finesse on each occasion.
The 16-year-old was previously on the books of Nottingham Forest where he was a part of their under 16s side, and upon being released he was spotted at the exit trials in which Murray and youth coach John Dempster were both present.
Hakeem has been a regular goalscorer for Dempster’s men, propelling them to the Football League Youth Alliance title.
He has also appeared in Mansfield’s FA Youth Cup run, where his energetic displays and abilities to beat his marker in a one-on-one situation have impressed the watching spectators.
Like many of the under 18s, he has been a prevalent part of first team training under the watchful eye of Murray. Hakeem can play as a forward, but is equally effective as a left-winger, which is where he played for Forest before joining Mansfield.
Since Dempster deployed him in a more attacking role, his pace has been a frightening prospect for opposition defences.