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An insight into signing a player...

9 February 2018

Last week we announced the loan signings of Adam King from Premier League side Swansea City, Ricky Miller from Peterborough United and Matt Penney from Sheffield Wednesday.

The success we had on transfer deadline day made me realise that people’s insight into what it takes to sign a player might be limited – so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek behind the scenes!

Some people might still believe that signing a professional footballer is as simple as opening a cheque book – it isn’t. It can sometimes involve months of preparation work, hours of negotiations and admin, as well as determination and willpower.

The first step to signing a player is scouting, which is one of the most important processes in the game, as it not only gauges which players work best for the club based on form but also looks at their other, individual attributes.

We look at their work rate, heat maps, which areas they’re most effective in and overall strengths and weaknesses - even as detailed as the percentage of the match they spend sprinting, jogging and walking.

Another crucial point of the recruiting process is to make sure that they fit into the the manager's overall philosophy and vision for the team. For example, we need to make sure we’re signing players that match up with how the manager wants to play.

We look at a player’s personality, work ethic, and if it’s feasible that we could sign him within the window. We look at requirements the player may have, how much it might cost to acquire him and how much his contract will likely be.

After that we put an offer together to present to our target’s club – outlining the deal, including how much we’d like to offer and what add-ons we can include.

Once an agreement is reached we begin talking to the player and/or representative and present him with a personal offer. 

If the player's medical is rubber-stamped by our physiotherpy department, the next step is to present the formal contract to the player and get his signature – and then he is an official Mansfield Town player!

The work and effort that goes into pushing a signing over the line can be vast and can take many weeks and even months to complete. We’ve been fortunate with our recent signings, due to the work of everyone involved and we are looking forward to see what part they can play as we head into the last 16 games of an exciting season.

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