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Murray captures Baxendale ahead of Stevenage match

9 January 2016

Stags’ manager Adam Murray has strengthened his attacking options with the addition of versatile player James Baxendale on a month’s loan from Walsall, with a view to a permanent move.

The 23-year-old, who can play as a ’10, 7 or 11’, will join the Stags until Saturday 06 February, and will be eligible to play in club's home game against Morecambe on that date.

A product of Leeds United’s academy, Baxendale signed his first professional deal at Doncaster Rovers, his hometown club, in 2011.

After short spells on loan at Buxton and Hereford United, Baxendale was snapped up by Walsall in 2012 and has since made over 100 appearances in League One.

Stags’ boss Adam Murray said: “We are very happy to complete the signing of James Baxendale. 

“He will add quality and guile to our attacking third and we believe he will give us that cutting edge, with a final pass and end product, which we have been missing in recent weeks.

“He will complement the attacking players which we already have and is a good string to our bow.

“James hasn’t played a lot of football over the last 12 months, this being mainly due to Walsall [his parent club] having one of the best ‘number 10s’ in Romaine Sawyers. However, James’ pedigree and reputation is highly regarded.

“With already in excess of 100 games amassed in League One, his experience and quality will be vital to our second half of the season.”

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