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Murray excited for new season after viewing fixtures

18 June 2014

Assistant manager/captain Adam Murray told this afternoon of his excitement for the new season, after viewing Mansfield Town's fixture list for 2014-15.

Earlier today, it was revealed that our team would travel to Sixfields for the opening game of the season.

Murray, who is set for his 17th season in professional football, said:

"We're always excited the day the fixtures come out. We're always looking at the next challenge and the first few games are the ones you look forward to and the ones you build towards in pre-season.
"I'm like a caged animal at the minute and am looking forward to another season of getting my teeth into things. We're in for a challenge next season but at this football club, both the manager and myself are used to winning things. Luckily for us, we have had a career of being successful and we want to do that again.

"We're optimistic, but at the same time realistic and know that we're in for a real fight next year. We'll be giving it everything we've got.

The 32-year-old believes our opponents on opening day, Northampton Town, will be amongst the favourites for promotion.

"Chris [Wilder, Northampton's manager] went in there last season and did a great job," said Murray. "Obviously I've worked under Chris so I know what he's about, I know what he brings 'to the table' and I think they'll be up there next season. They've made some shrewd signings since he's been there."

In other news, we reported yesterday that long-serving goalkeeper Alan Marriott had left the club after being unable to agree terms on a new contract. Unsurprisingly, Murray told that the search for a new goalkeeper is on the list of priorities this close season.

"We know we need to bring in someone who's capable of doing a very good job for us. We have a few names on the list and are making sure that the person who comes is not only someone who has the right technical skills, but has the character which fits in to what we're about, with a desire to do well for Mansfield Town."

The management staff are still keeping tabs on Lewis Price, the experienced shot stopper who joined us on loan from Crystal Palace last season, Murray confirmed.

"I know the gaffer has been in contact with Lewis, his club and his representatives. I know there's a few [clubs] 'fishing' for Lewis so it's an ongoing process. We may be in a pecking order of clubs that are looking at bringing him in. We'll look to get something done on either front because we want to build the unity and togetherness that we'll need next season."

View the full interview with Adam Murray only on Stags Player.

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