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Price impressed by Stags' quality

12 April 2014

Goalkeeper Lewis Price says he has been impressed with the quality of the Mansfield Town squad following his arrival from Crystal Palace yesterday on an emergency seven-day loan.

The 29-year-old shot-stopper made his debut in today’s 3-0 victory over Rochdale, as he seeks to play more first-team football.

“The quality of the squad hasn't surprised me,” said Price. “They're a good set of lads, which I recognised in training on Friday. 

“I’ve looked at their recent results and obviously know about their promotion last year and you can tell what a good team it is here."

He continued: “I love playing football, but the last year has been tough because Julian (Speroni) has been in fantastic form helping Palace get promoted. 

“You can’t argue that I haven’t played for Palace. He hasn’t got injured and it’s coming to the stage now where I could do with playing more so we will have to wait and see what happens.”

The Stags' 'keeper admitted he only found out a few days ago that he would be arriving at One Call Stadium, but is delighted to have quickly settled into the squad.

Price said: “I think I found out Thursday night. I had the chance to pop out on loan during the loan window, but that kind of fell through. 

“I was sitting at home starting to think I was going to be watching Soccer Saturday each weekend with the kids, but I’m pleased to be here and get playing some football.

“I’ve settled in straight away and that says a lot about the club and the players. I turned up Friday and I already feel part of the team, which has made me feel really great.

“That’s a really big thing at a football club to come in and have one training session and fit in so credit to everyone.”


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