Leading goalscorer Danny Rose paid credit to his team-mates and the Stags’ supporters after putting pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half year contract yesterday.
The news, released at 5pm yesterday, delighted Stags' supporters who have seen the frontman develop considerably under manager Steve Evans.
Rose, though, was in modest mood and firstly thanked his colleagues for helping him to 13 goals in all competitions so far this season.
“It’s been a very good season so far but I don’t want the standards to drop,” said Rose.
“I said this earlier on in the season: I want to continue to perform and get the goals for the lads to help us continue our good form. I’ve not reached this 13-goal mark before [in a season] in my career so it’s nice to hit that mark by January and I’m hoping to continue that throughout the season.
“I have to give credit to my teammates. Without them I wouldn’t have had the chances. There have been some great crosses put in to me so I must pay credit to my teammates.
“I’m just hoping we can achieve something now. I want to keep going to see how many goals I can get and see what we can reach as a team.
“I’m delighted. I’m very happy to get this [contract] over the line and I’m now just looking forward to seeing what we can achieve here this season.
"Without them I wouldn’t have had the chances. There have been some great crosses put in to me so I must pay credit to my teammates."
“I don’t want to sit on this contract. I want to keep going and see how many goals I can get and [see] what we can do as a team.
On the Stags’ fans, he said: “The fans have been brilliant ever since I’ve arrived here. I can’t state how good they’ve been to me, with the song they’ve created etc. I want to repay them even more with good performances and goals as a part of this squad.”
Asked about his targets for the remainder of the season, he said: “My aim is to get as many goals as possible. As a team we want to remain in the promotion mix.”
Rose commented upon his favourite goals this season.
“I really enjoyed the ones against Notts County and my hometown club Shaw Lane (in the FA Cup). Notts County was a big derby – I know how big that game was here and then it was nice to go home and get the goals against Shaw Lane.”
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