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Stags strengthen defence with new signing

29 May 2018

Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft has made his first signing as Stags’ boss, with the acquisition of highly-rated defender Matt Preston from Swindon Town.

The Mansfield chief has won the race to sign the commanding centre-half, who turned down offers from a number of clubs to sign for the Stags.

The 23-year-old previously amassed over 40 League One appearances for Walsall, before making the switch to the County Ground last September.

After putting pen to paper the dominant defender told “It’s a new challenge for me and I feel like I will thrive under the gaffer and Futch [assistant manager Ben Futcher].

“They are the right mentors for me to improve personally and I enjoyed my time working with them previously at Swindon.

“I feel I have made the best decision for me to keep developing as a player.

“Matt is a very strong central defender who is mobile and can also distribute from the back."

Manager David Flitcroft on new signing Matt Preston

“I’ve researched the club and the fans get behind the players here. It’s a massive thing to know that, as a player, you’re coming to a club where the fans are supporting you in the stands.”

Boss David Flitcroft said: “We are delighted to have signed Matt Preston. He’s at a good age, hungry to develop and is ambitious to progress through the leagues with Mansfield Town. 

“We are getting a very good defender, who at 23 we believe can only get better and become a fantastic asset for the football club. 

“Matt is a very strong central defender who is mobile and can also distribute from the back. He is dominant in both boxes when defending and attacking. 

“We feel this a massive coup for the football club and believe Matt can develop into a defender who we believe has the potential to play in the Championship.

“I have worked with Matt before at Swindon, where I loved working with him and he was outstanding in both games against Mansfield last season. 

“There were a number of clubs who wanted to sign Matt, but he has a fantastic working relationship with myself and Futch.

“The chairman [John Radford] and Carolyn [Radford, CEO] have really helped to get the deal done and secure Matt, who we believe will be a real acquisition for our club.”

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