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Latest signing: Nigel Clough gets the best out of me

24 January 2023

Newest acquisition Louis Reed says Nigel Clough is a manager who gets the best out of him as he looks forward to playing under the boss who gave him his first team debut as a 16-year-old at Sheffield United.

The central midfielder recently joined Mansfield Town on an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee from Swindon Town.

Reed was named the Robins’ player of the season by his teammates at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

Speaking at a news conference at RH Academy earlier this week about Nigel Clough, Louis said: “[He gave me my debut against] Rotherham at home. I think we won 1-0 with a penalty in the last minute. I’ve known him for a long time and he’s someone I enjoy working with.

“Every day he wants the best out of you. We can have a laugh when we need to but when it comes to the business side of things he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time.

“I’ve been in touch with the gaffer here for probably the last couple of years. We've had conversations here and there and then at Swindon they told me that I wasn't needed there anymore. As soon as that happened the manager got in touch and it went from there really.

“I want to be playing regular football so it seemed the right time to move away.”

The all-action midfielder completed his move from the Robins on 15 January and already settled well: “[It’s been] really enjoyable, [they’re a] great group of lads and obviously I’m meeting back up with the manager that I’ve worked with before.

“It’s been really good, [I’m] just disappointed that we didn't get to play on Saturday but I’m looking forward to this weekend [against Doncaster Rovers at One Call Stadium].

“The facilities are top notch. It’s nice only being 40 minutes from home as well. I’ve been really impressed with everything from the facilities to the pitches. Obviously we’ve struggled this week because the grass has been frozen but there is the astro turf as well. The chefs, the kit men, all of the staff and the players have been brilliant as well.”

When asked what we can expect from him on the pitch, the midfielder said: “[When I’m on the ball] I like to dictate play and the tempo of the game, getting moves started from back to front as well. I know I’m not the biggest but I do like to get stuck in and break up play if teams try to counterattack against us. I think I have a balance of both starting attacks and stopping the opposition as well.”


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