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Logan highlights importance of squad unity

2 August 2018

Stags' 'keeper Conrad Logan has emphasised the importance of 'togetherness' in the squad heading into the new campaign, due to the tough nature of Sky Bet League Two.

Stags kick off their 2018-19 season at home to Newport County on Saturday 04 August.

Mansfield shot-stopper Logan stressed the need for unity heading into the new season, and added his belief that the players will have a different mindset heading into the new campaign compared to last season.

"We’ve worked really hard on that togetherness, that’s something that is vital," Logan said.

"There’s going to be tough Tuesday nights away in these leagues where you need to all stand up together and be together to get that result.

"It’s a work in progress for this club from where they’ve come from over the last few years. There was a great buzz about the club when I signed last season.

"We signed a lot of players last year, myself included, and we probably sort of got caught up on, ‘if you sign enough players you’ll get promoted’, and we all know that’s not the case.

"We can’t promise anything, and I think it’s wrong to think we promised anything last year. It’s an expectation more than anything with clubs.

"There’s going to be tough Tuesday nights away in these leagues where you need to all stand up together and be together to get that result."

Conrad Logan, goalkeeper

"If owners come in with a lot of money and start buying players, there’s no guaranteed success. I think that as a group, players and management staff, we’ll give our all this season and really try and improve on where we finished last season.

"League Two is a very difficult league. Every game is a hard-fought game, there’s no gimmies. I think the structure and what the manager has done this year will hopefully stand us in good stead for the season to come."

Logan also spoke of manager Flitcroft's additions to the Stags' squad since the turn of the summer transfer window.

"You know, we weren’t a million miles away last season. We’ve added a couple players to it, we haven’t gone mad and we’ve probably just added what the manager has set his targets on," Logan said.

"He’s got the type of players and the personnel he’s wanted from the start, so he’s added that quality to the squad. We realise where we possibly went wrong last year and what we can improve on, and I think that little bit of quality will help us."

Logan also says he is ready to get the League Two season under way, which kicks off on Saturday at 3pm against Newport.

"Pre-season is great for getting in fitness, getting in games and tactics sorted, but when you wake up this week, this is work week. This is what it’s all about. Three points on the board on Saturday and everybody will be happy.

"It [pre-season] is good for confidence and breeds confidence, but we can’t get too carried away. They are friendly games albeit against a lot of Championship teams, and we’ve held our own.

"We take the positive side of that, but we don’t read too much into results because we all know the amount of changes that can happen in friendly games.

"It’s dog-eat-dog [in League Two]. As I say, there’s no gimmies. Some people probably disrespect some of the smaller teams, but no game is easy.

"It’s a long, hard season and you’ve got to keep your head down. Hopefully we get off to a good start and get the wins and points on the board and keep looking forward to the next one."

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