CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBS SHOWING INTEREST IN THOMAS
Championship clubs already showing interest in Mansfield Town's Jack Thomas
By Sarah Clapson, Nottingham Post, May 06, 2015
Mansfield Town face a fight to hold on to some of their young stars this summer, with midfielder Jack Thomas already attracting interest.
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The 18-year-old was the Stags' standout performer in the final few weeks of the campaign, picking up four end of season awards despite only making 12 appearances.
It was enough to put him on the radar of "a couple of Championship clubs", while fellow midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick, who played three times for Mansfield this term, has also caught the eye.
"There's certain individuals in there that, probably not on a consistent basis, but in a team that's been struggling have put performances in that have caught the eye of people," said boss Adam Murray.
"There was another club here watching Jack on Saturday (at Accrington Stanley) and we had some interest at the start of the week from a couple of Championship clubs.
"He's on the radar.
"Fitz has alerted a few people as well."
Murray though, will hope to retain the duo as he looks to keep giving youth its chance.
"We've still got a couple we haven't unleashed yet that I'm excited to get involved next season," he said. "The future's bright.
"What I don't want to do is put too much pressure on the boys because they can't drive it forwardon their own.
"There will be a lot of interest in our players this summer - some of them."
After announcing his retained list this week, Murray hopes to get his summer recruitment done early.
And he hasn't ruled out trying to get some of the loan players back who contributed to the Stags' survival.
The club have had the likes of Callum Elder (Leicester City), Lenny Pidgeley (Newport County) and Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) on loan, though securing their return may be difficult.
"We'll look at it," said Murray.
"If I'm being brutally honest, the club needs a lot of freshness. It needs some fresh energy, it needs some new life in the club, it needs an injection of spirit.
"Sometimes it's tough to come in and go into a battle when it's not your club.
"I know the players haven't been some people's cup of tea, but when it's mattered, they've turned up.
"Some of the lads who have been on loan have actually got offers from higher league clubs, which is a credit to them. We'll see what happens in the summer."
Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves among clubs eyeing highly-rated midfielder
BY DALE VENTHAM, footballleagueworld.co.uk, MAY 7, 2015
Mansfield Town youngster Jack Thomas is attracting a lot of attention from a number of Championship sides, and FLW understands that Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves are among those clubs.
Thomas, who is only 18, was the Stags most consistent player in the run in towards the end of the season, picking up four end of season awards despite making just twelve appearances.
“A couple of Championship clubs” have seen the potential in the youngster, with Joe Fitzpatrick also catching the eye.
“There’s certain individuals in there that, probably not on a consistent basis, but in a team that’s been struggling have put performances in that have caught the eye of people,” Stags boss Adam Murray told the Nottingham Post.
“We had some interest at the start of the week from a couple of Championship clubs. He’s on the radar.”
According to FLW sources, the highly-rated youngster could be set to depart the Sky Bet League Two club this summer, with the Owls and Wolves hot on the trail of the talented midfielder.
With the release of seven players earlier this week, Murray is not only keen to make new additions to his squad, but is also looking to give the youth their opportunity.
“We’ve still got a couple we haven’t unleashed yet that I’m excited to get involved next season.”
It remains to be seen whether Thomas will depart Mansfield Town this summer, and it is unlikely that Stags boss Adam Murray would want to see him leave - but if a significant offer was tabled for the youngster, a move could potentially materialise.
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