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Hemmings sets sights on success

22 August 2017

Stags' newest recruit Kane Hemmings is looking forward to 'playing and scoring' as much as possible after putting pen-to-paper at One Call Stadium earlier today.

The Oxford United frontman, who has joined the Stags on a season-long loan from the U's, has scored at a rate of almost a goal every two games throughout his career.

And Hemmings is hoping to play regularly for the Stags in what he foresees being a 'successful environment'.

"I just wanted to come and really be involved in something where I'm going to get game-time and be in a successful team and a successful environment as well, like I was last year.

"The manager, the club, the fans and the players have got high ambitions for the season and I wanted to come and be a part of that.

"I think when the ball's in and amongst the box, that's when I'm at my best, that's when I come alive."

Kane Hemmings, striker

"I never really set a number of goals I want to score or anything like that in any season, I just want to play as much [as I can]. If I play week-in-week-out, I like to think the goals will really start to flow."

The 25-year-old former Rangers' striker says he 'comes alive' in the box and he will be hoping to show Stags' fans his predatory instincts in the coming months.

"I just want to score as many goals as possible. I want to be in and around the box scoring goals. I like to try and link up the play whenever I can and try and make intelligent runs as well.

"I like to think that if the ball comes my way and I'm in and around the box, I can get a good finish and work well off both feet. Hopefully there are plenty of goals to come while I'm here.

"I think when the ball's in and amongst the box, that's when I'm at my best, that's when I come alive. I don't think about things too much when it's in and around the box – if the ball's there to be hit, I'll hit it or I'll try and place it in."

The frontman played with midfielder Paul Digby and striker Danny Rose at Barnsley, whilst he was also team-mates with winger Alex MacDonald at Oxford and Hemmings revealed the latter gave a positive appraisal of the club prior to his signing.

"There are a couple of familiar faces. Macca, Diggers and Rosie I've played with before, so it was good to see the lads.

"I spoke to Macca and I just had brief chats with him about the club and he was 'all praise' so I'm just really glad to get it over the line.

"It's a new start for myself for however long it's going to be and there's some familiar faces as well, some good mates of mine. I'm happy to be here."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view Kane Hemmings' first club interview.


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