Former Stags’ midfielder Jack Thomas has returned to the club in a full-time capacity as a youth performance coach, we are pleased to announce.
Jack, from Mansfield Woodhouse, re-joins the highly-acclaimed academy from which he graduated as a player.
At just 17 years old, Jack made his professional debut as a substitute in our 3-0 home victory over Rochdale in April 2014.
He captained our youth team in 2013/14, where he impressed on a regular basis and helped us to a second-placed finish in the FCYA (Midland Division).
Jack impressed when given the chance in the starting XI of then manager Adam Murray - notably scoring in a defeat to Portsmouth at One Call Stadium in April of 2015.
“It’s a club that means a lot to me. I couldn’t turn this chance down."
Now a player at Basford United in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division, the 22-year-old will work under coach Richard Cooper in the development of players in our under 21s and youth teams.
On his return to One Call Stadium in his new youth coaching role, Jack said: “It’s a club that means a lot to me. I couldn’t turn this chance down.
“The academy nurtured me into a professional footballer and this gives me a great opportunity to give something back to the club.
“It’s a club which is on the up in all areas. The first team under the gaffer (David Flitcroft) are doing unbelievably well and a lot of credit also must go to the chairman (John Radford) for his investment into many different areas of the club to strengthen the set-up.
“It’s an exciting time to be back at Mansfield and I’m really looking forward to help develop the players at the academy.”