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Manager pleased to add 'fox in the box' to squad

26 May 2016

Stags’ boss Adam Murray says he is ‘chuffed to bits’ to add another attacking option to his squad following the signing of Bury striker Danny Rose.

The 22-year-old put pen-to-paper on a deal at One Call Stadium yesterday after the two clubs came to an agreement over an undisclosed fee for the striker.

And the manager was happy to get the deal ‘over the line’ for a player who he believes will give his side ‘something extra’ in the final third. 

“I think Danny’s someone who the football club hasn’t had for a long time. He’s a ‘fox in the box’, he’s got tremendous movement – he’s not the biggest player but he’s got good pace, he’s got great intelligence and his link-up play is very good,” Murray said. 

“He’s incredible in the air, which you wouldn’t imagine for someone of his stature and he scores goals. He’s a natural finisher and I think he’ll give us something extra and will hopefully take us to another level of progression.

“He’s a poacher – I think the last proper, real poacher we had was, in my days, (Chris) Greenacre. He’s of that ilk in terms of the 18-yard box and I think when you look at people like Matt Green and Adi Yussuf, they’re very powerful, very quick and both finishers in their own category of a centre forward.”

Our gaffer says that the signing of Rose gives the Stags a ‘different weapon to use’, but his recruitment is still ongoing to complete his attacking arsenal. 

“Danny’s someone that we feel can play with the strikers we’ve got already, he can play in different formations but we think that putting certain ingredients together will be very beneficial for us and we still want to add one more part to that jigsaw. 

“We’ve got a little bit of everything now. We’re looking for a specific type.

"We’ve crossed one off our list today; the deal wasn’t right. We do everything we can at this club on value. 

“We make sure that every penny spent we get the value for, I think we’ve got that with Danny. The chief exec (Carolyn Radford) and the chairman (John Radford) have been top drawer with this one – we’ve gone ‘over and above’ with this one,” Murray continued.

“We’ve got a handful now that we’re focussing on to get that final piece of the attacking threat that we need and then we go on to the next targets around the pitch.”

Finally, the boss said he hopes that Rose can fulfil his potential at One Call Stadium, whilst also helping the Stags’ other forwards to flourish. 

“He’s already had a great career in terms of what he’s done and the levels he’s gone through. He’s had a couple of transfers where he’s been bought, which speaks volumes for players, I think.

“I think at the age he’s at, he has the potential to 'go again'. He’s someone who I believe could easily play in the Championship. I know there’s been a lot of interest in him over the last 12 months and I think that if we can put a structure around him and I think the players who he’ll be playing with, if we get the potential out of him, he could be a very big signing for the football club and one, possibly, that will make a big name for himself.”

Supporters can watch Adam Murray’s news conference on Stags Player HD.

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