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Stags snap up striker

1 September 2014

Stags fight off stern competition to sign promising striker Rakish Bingham.

We are pleased to announce that we have fought off interest from several other clubs to capture the signature of striker Rakish Bingham.

The 20-year-old, who was previously with Wigan Athletic, has been training with us over the past week and could make his debut in tomorrow night’s clash with local rivals Notts County.

Born in London, Bingham joined Wigan's Under 18s in 2010 after impressing whilst playing college football in East London.

Held in high regard by then-Latics boss Roberto Martinez, the youngster made his reserve team debut in April 2011 and signed his first professional contract at the end of the 2011/12 season.

After being unable to break into the Latics’ first team in 2012/13 – a campaign which saw Wigan dramatically win the FA Cup, Bingham spent a portion of last term on loan at Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.

After leaving Wigan this summer, the youngster spent pre-season on trial at AFC Bournemouth and travelled with the Cherries on their tour of Austria/Switzerland.

“It’s a little bit nervy to be signing on transfer deadline day,” said Bingham. “I’m used to being at home watching it on TV and it’s the first time I’ve been involved in it, so it’s exciting.

“I’m a striker, so scoring goals is what I hope to do. That’s my plan. I'm 'over the moon' to be signing for the Stags," he added.

Rakish Bingham’s first interview as a Mansfield Town player is available to watch on Stags Player. To subscribe, click here.

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