New arrival CJ Hamilton is hoping to ‘create something out of nothing’ when he steps onto the pitch to represent the Stags in the upcoming season.
The winger is known for his direct style of play, as shown in his frequent appearances on loan at Halifax Town and Gateshead as he learned his trade.
Hamilton came through the youth system at Sheffield United, and was pleased with manager Adam Murray’s words that tempted him to One Call Stadium.
“He (Murray) said he likes my kind of player that’ll get at people and try and create something out of nothing, and that’s the kind of thing I’m looking to do,” Hamilton said.
“[I’m an] out-and-out winger, quite quick – normally I’ll try and get on the outside of people and get crosses in. I mainly play on the left because I’m left-footed, but I can do either, I don’t mind.”
And Hamilton says that his education at Sheffield United was beneficial, while loans in the National League also aided his ability.
“They (United) helped me in various ways and position-wise and getting me more confident in myself, and getting out on loan to get experience which has been good for me.
“It, [my spell at Gateshead], was good – before that, I was at Halifax and the manager got sacked, went to Gateshead and brought me there which obviously shows he had a bit of belief in me.”
Hamilton went into detail about exactly why his spells at a lower level will be an advantage, while the 21-year-old has outlined his targets for the 2016-17 campaign in a Mansfield shirt.
“It (Hamilton’s loan spell) will give me the heads-up to expect a physical battle and be able to handle it. It (Mansfield) looks like a good club, the ground looks good. It looks like a family club.
“My aims are just to play as many games as I can [and] to help the team as much as possible and to try and do what’s best.”
Supporters can watch CJ Hamilton’s first interview as a Stags’ player on Stags Player HD.