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Stags seal deal for Premier League youngster

27 January 2018

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans has revealed that Stags have signed a player from a Premier League club on loan, whose identity will be revealed in the next 48 hours.

Although the gaffer didn't name the player in question, he did confirm that a deal has been completed, the player has signed and the relevant forms have been registered.

The club will reveal the identity of the un-named man in the next 48 hours, however the gaffer revealed that the Stags' newest recruit will arrive from a Premier League club and is in a similar mould to Ben Whiteman, who enjoyed a stand-out loan spell at One Call Stadium last season.

"There will be a new signing announced tomorrow [or Monday]. He'd signed after we travelled and I'm forbidden by another club to say anymore than that.

"The kid signed yesterday. iI's all done. The registration has been processed by our secretary [Diane Ceney], who has done a fantastic job after we left yesterday.

"How can I describe him without giving much away? He's from the Premier League, he's a young man, he's had a couple of loan spells in League One.

"People will be searching the records now! He's not, and he's got different attributes, but remember Ben Whiteman? He's not dissimilar to Ben Whiteman.

"No Stags' fans will recognise his name until they look at him and then they'll say 'he can play a bit, can't he?'"

The boss says he 'couldn't be happier' to secure his latest signing's signature and revealed he will only play on merit, as agreed by the player's parent club.

"He's coming in with no promises to play, we're not going down that road. I'm listening to Premier League managers and Championship managers telling me that they have to play.

"No Stags' fans will recognise his name until they look at him and then they'll say 'he can play a bit, can't he?'"

Steve Evans,

"I got the most polite call from their manager last night and he said to me: 'if he doesn't deserve to play with what he demonstrates in training or games, don't play him, Steve'. And that's exactly what I would say if they go down the levels from here or when I was at Leeds and they go down to League One or Two I said the same thing.

"You have to earn your place on merit. He's a young man that the dressing room will embrace, some of them have played against him and he's still young.

"He's hungry and he wants to be here. I couldn't be any happier; he's turned down three or four League One clubs to come to us.

"I spent a long time talking to him and some of the nonsense I said to him must have sunk in."

To watch the manager's full post-match interview from today's 2-1 win over Morecambe, head to iFollow Stags.

 


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