New signing Pat Hoban is determined to 'make a difference' at Mansfield after as he embarks on a new chapter of his career.
Stags' boss Adam Murray has already indicated that Hoban will perform a 'hold up' role, with his skills being used to maximise Stags' territorial advantage in the final third of the field, it is hoped.
Speaking about the Stags' manager, Hoban said: “He (Adam Murray) has shown massive interest in me (and) he has already explained what he wants from me.
"Once I heard Mansfield were interested it was ‘yes’ straight away. I was just buzzing when I got the call to sign for Mansfield and hopefully I can do well here.”
“He wants me to be a 'platform player' so I think that will work wonders for me, I’m not saying I can’t handle the pressure but it will take a bit of pressure off the goals' side"
Commenting on his time at the Kassam Stadium, Hoban said: “It was mixed emotions really. Oxford got promoted with a very good side [but] I never really got my chance there."
Explaining his style of play, Hoban added: "[I'm an] old-fashioned number nine who gets into the box and scores goals. I like to hold the ball up and bring others into the team by holding it in the final third for long periods, hopefully get some crosses into the box and score some goals."