STAGS SIGN NICKY HUNT
Stags snap up experienced right back
mansfieldtown.net, 22nd June 2015
Adam Murray has bolstered his squad this evening by the signing of experienced right back Nicky Hunt.
The 31-year-old becomes the latest player to join our ranks ahead of pre-season training, which commences next Monday.
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Hunt started his career at Bolton Wanderers and went on to make over 150 appearances for the club.
Spells then followed at Birmingham City, Derby County, Bristol City, Preston North End and Rotherham United.
More recently, he spent the last two seasons at Accrington Stanley, playing over 60 league games for the Lancashire outfit.
Manager Adam Murray said: “Nicky adds vital experience and know-how to our back line. He is an excellent defender and also has top quality distribution.
“He has played at a much higher level [than League Two] and as well as his football intelligence, he brings some real quality into the squad."
Speaking to mansfieldtown.net this evening, Hunt said: “I’m very pleased to have signed for the club and am really looking forward to working with the manager and the rest of the players.
“I know he [the manager] won’t accept mediocrity and I want to help put Mansfield back on the map,” he added.
The deal will be complete subject to Football League clearance.
Hunt and Atkinson leave
John Coleman has confirmed Nicky Hunt and Rob Atkinson will not be returning to Accrington Stanley next season.
The two defenders had been offered new deals with the Reds but both have said they will leave when their contracts end in June.
“There is no animosity,” said Coleman. “We offered them contracts and gave them a week to think about it and they have come back and said they are not taking up the offers.
“It’s nothing personal - they have to do what is best for the families, they are not being disrespectful to the club and they go with our best wishes.
“It’s their livelihood and they may be able to get a better wage elsewhere and I understand that. There is no ill-feeling.
“Both have been good servants to the club and both said how much they enjoyed their time here.”
Coleman is still in talks with captain Luke Joyce and potential new signings. New deals have been offered to six players under 24 and they have a month to decide.
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