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Penney raring to go after completing loan move

1 February 2018

Versatile wide midfield player Matt Penney is aiming to prove why he deserves a place in the Stags' starting XI after joining on loan from Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.

Stags started the Deadline Day by announcing the signing of the 19-year-old until the end of the season, before unveiling frontman Ricky Miller, who joined on loan from Peterborough United, an hour before the window slammed shut last night.

And Penney, who has been a stand-out performer for the Owls U23s over the last two seasons, is hoping to make his mark on the remainder of the Stags' Sky Bet League Two campaign.

"I'm delighted to join the club. I spoke to the gaffer and everyone sounds positive, so I can't wait to get started. I'm looking to get some proper first team games under my belt and get going," Penney said.

"At this point in my career, I need first team minutes so it's about me now getting into the first team and keeping the shirt and hopefully I can prove to the gaffer and prove to the fans that I deserve a chance and I can go out and help the team.

"I've seen some of the results recently and the lads are doing really well so hopefully I can help the lads and push for promotion.

"Everyone comes in and everyone's aim is to play football but my first aim is to get in the team, get the shirt and keep the shirt."

Penney revealed that a number of clubs were vying for his signature during the transfer window, but he wanted to move to One Call Stadium after speaking to manager Steve Evans.

"Everyone comes in and everyone's aim is to play football but my first aim is to get in the team, get the shirt and keep the shirt."

Matt Penney, midfielder

"There were a few clubs asking but I spoke to the gaffer the other night and it sounded positive. Everything he said I agreed with so I got back on the phone with my agent and finally got the deal over the line.

"He knows I've got talent; he's just told me to work hard, show what I can do and he says it'll be a great loan move for me if I do that.

"It's a bit nervous coming into somewhere you're not used to but I've met the gaffer, met the lads and everyone sounds positive. I can't wait to get started really."

Much like fellow loanee Adam King, who put pen-to-paper at One Call Stadium from Swansea City earlier this week, Penney is relishing the prospect of competing for an important three points in every Sky Bet League Two match.

"I think it'll be hard, I think it'll be a challenge. Obviously it'll be a lot more physical than what I'm used to but I can't wait to get started and show the fans and the gaffer what I'm all about.

"Obviously every game is a lot, lot more important now. Every game's massive; obviously we're going into every game to win the game so hopefully we can get three points in every game."

Supporters can login to iFollow Stags to view Matt Penney's first interview since joining the club.


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