Stags’ boss Steve Evans says supporters will be able to celebrate the New Year with a trio of new signings.
We welcome league leaders Doncaster Rovers in the One Call Derby on New Year’s Eve this Saturday (12.15pm), followed by a trip to Blackpool on Monday 02 January. Before the journey to face the Seasiders, Stags’ fans will learn the identity of the gaffer’s first three signings.
The Stags’ chief, speaking to the local media at this afternoon’s news conference, confirmed that three players have signed contracts at One Call Stadium and are already training with their new team-mates.
“What I can tell you is three lads have joined us. Three lads have put pen to paper,” the boss said.
“They obviously can’t play for us until the authorities allow the transfer window to open up on 01 January but thanks to their clubs and the representatives, and the lads themselves, they’ve wanted to be here and are training. They’re in the building, which is great.
“We’re making sure we get everything diligently done as early as we can in January because night follows day but it doesn’t mean that we’ll have everyone available for Blackpool, but we’d like to have as many of them as possible.”
With three new faces already added to his playing squad, the former Leeds United boss says he could bring in ‘two or three’ further additions over the next month as we look to re-ignite our hopes of a top seven finish.
“We can never put a definite number on it. We’re working on different options; we’re working on opportunities all the way from the Premier League to non-league, it is across the levels.
“I only want to judge it on: do I think they’ll play a big part in the remainder of the season? And, if appropriate, next season, either in League Two or League One. I would say if I was giving our supporters a number, maybe two or three more.”
The manager refused to be drawn on specific details about the individual players, but says the new signings will either improve the side themselves, or get the best out of the existing crop of players.
“I have to believe that they will make us better. There’s two ways that can happen; they come in and their performances [show] why you’ve signed them or they come in to the building, which they are now, and others in their positions perform to a level that makes you unable to bring them in [to the team]. That’s a perfect situation to be in."
Supporters will be able to view Steve Evans’ news conference, in full, on Stags PlayerHD.