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I’ve been itching to get here – Pym

13 July 2022

Club News

I’ve been itching to get here – Pym

13 July 2022

New Mansfield Town goalkeeper Christy Pym says he’s been ‘itching’ to join the club after signing on a season-long loan deal from Peterborough United yesterday.

The 27-year-old shot-stopper was a long-running transfer target for boss Nigel Clough and is happy to finally get the deal signed.

The Exeter-born ‘keeper joins with experience of playing in the Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after putting pen to paper on a loan deal at the club, Mansfield’s latest recruit said: “I’m very happy to get it done.

“It [the move] took a lot of time to get done in the end.

“I knew about the interest [from Mansfield] quite early on after the season finished so I was itching to get here.

“I’m happy to be here now and can’t wait to get started.”

Pym has played at One Call Stadium on numerous occasions as an opposition player – most recently last season on loan at Stevenage.

“It’s a good club,” said the goalkeeper.

“I played here at the back end of last season when I was on loan at Stevenage and there’s a good atmosphere [at One Call Stadium and] a great crowd.

“I know the setup; the setup is good.

“There’s a good manager and a good squad [here], hopefully this year we can go one step further [than last season].

“I’ve played here a few times.

“It’s always a tough game when you play Mansfield so hopefully that can continue this year.”

On his specific strengths as a ‘keeper, Pym said: “I like the ball at my feet, I’m comfortable with it at my feet.

“I’m a good shot-stopper [and I’m] calm.

“Being calm is probably my biggest thing [attribute].

“I like to think I give a nice calming influence to the team which I think is very important for a goalkeeper.”

Pym joins Scott Flinders in signing as a first team goalkeeper for the Stags this summer. Despite wanting to play, the on-loan Posh man says it won’t be a formality that he starts ahead of the experienced former Cheltenham number one.

“I’ve come here wanting to play but wherever you’ve got to compete,” he said.

“Scott [Flinders] has had a good career and is a very good goalkeeper.

“[He’s] Very experienced.

“The goalkeeping unit is a very close-knit group.

“We’ll get on well [Pym and Flinders], we’ll push each other and may the best man win.”

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