McGUIRE AND JENSEN SIGN NEW CONTRACTS
Tough-tackling midfielder pens new deal
mansfieldtown.net, 11th May 2016
Midfielder Jamie McGuire has signed a new contract with the club following the end of the 2015-16 Sky Bet League 2 campaign, we are pleased to announce.
The Bikenhead-born player becomes the second member of the first team squad to put pen-to-paper on a new deal, following the announcement of midfielder Jack Thomas’ long-term contract last week.
McGuire, formerly of Fleetwood Town, first joined the club prior to the 2013-14 campaign and has since become a fans’ favourite at One Call Stadium for his tough-tackling and enthusiastic displays in a Stags’ shirt.
The 32-year-old was used carefully by manager Adam Murray in the previous campaign, making 22 appearances in all competitions.
"I'm buzzing and am already looking forward to next season," said McGuire, speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net.
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Speaking about the 2015-16 campaign, in which Stags finished in 12th position in Sky Bet League 2, McGuire said: "It's been a good season, one of progression and we want to build on that heading into next season.
"I believe in the gaffer here (Adam Murray) and he believes in me and what I bring to the club," he added.
McGuire's new deal will be completed subject to Football League approval and will commence on 01 July 2016.
Danish stopper signs new Stags' contract
mansfieldtown.net, 11th May 2016
Veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen has today re-affirmed his commitment to the Stags by penning a new deal at One Call Stadium.
Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, Jensen holds the record for being the oldest player ever to appear for the club at the age of 40 years, seven months and nine days, most recently appearing in the 3-1 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon in January.
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The Copenhagen-born man joined the club last summer from Crawley Town as goalkeeper/goalkeeper coach and became the Stags’ first-choice ‘keeper following an infection picked up by Scott Shearer in the Capital One Cup round one tie at Sheffield Wednesday last August.
In mid-January, Shearer then reclaimed the number one jersey during a season of high competition in between the sticks.
In total, Jensen made 25 starts for us in all competitions throughout 2015-16.
The giant stopper’s contract will commence from 01 July 2016, subject to Football League ratification.
Earlier today, midfielder Jamie McGuire signed a new deal at One Call Stadium.
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McGuire eager to repay fans with impressive displays
mansfieldtown.net, 16th May 2016
Midfielder Jamie McGuire wants the Stags to repay the backing of Mansfield Town supporters with positive performances in the 2016-17 campaign.
The 32-year-old put pen-to-paper on a new deal last week to extend his stay at the club as he prepares to enter his fourth season with the Stags.
And the Birkenhead-born man has reflected on how he has changed on a personal level since joining the Nottinghamshire outfit and has expressed his optimism for the future.
“I think I’ve got better each season. I’m a lot calmer person now, I bring a different kind of role to the team that the gaffer wanted me to do. Hopefully I can do that next year and bring a lot more quality to the team.
“When Mansfield as a whole town gets behind us, there’s nothing better than playing here and doing well for this club. Hopefully we can repay it by doing well for Mansfield in the new season.”
Looking back on the previous campaign, former Tranmere Rovers trainee McGuire believes he knows where the Stags went wrong in their chase for a place in the top seven.
“We were [in the] top eight for most of the season - what 'killed' us a little bit was the little blip in March but that’s just ‘one of them’; that’s football. It’s been a good season for us in terms of the club as a whole and the squad as a whole.”
Explaining the off-the-pitch attributes which he believes he brings to the squad, McGuire says he always tries to keep spirits high in the squad - which often involves playing pranks on his team-mates.
“I’m a character. I’m vibrant, I love causing mayhem and doing my little tricks. Ryan (Tafazolli), everyone thinks he’s a good looking man - I ended up putting deep heat in his boxers! He put them on after the shower and I could see his face burning up. He took it well, he knew it was me!
“When you have your ups, you’ve got to be up there. When you’re down, you’ve got to keep it level-headed and keep everyone on the same path. When we go to a matchday, everybody’s head has got to be right. We’ll be due back in soon ready to ‘kick on’ for the new season.”
Supporters can view Jamie McGuire's news conference on Stags Player HD.
I want to see out my career at Mansfield Town - Jamie McGuire
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas
Midfield tiger and club joker Jamie McGuire has said he would love to see out the rest of his career at Mansfield Town and move up to live in the town.
The 32-year-old put pen to paper on a fourth season with the Stags this week and said: “I am buzzing - it’s another year with the club and I am looking forward to next season now.
“I would have signed last week if I could, but I’ve had to wait until all the paperwork was sorted. Now it’s all signed and sealed.
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“I want to finish my career here. I am settled up here. Hopefully I want to probably move up here, stay up here and live up here.”
On the field McGuire brings an experience and enthusiasm supporters love - even if occasional ‘over-enthusiasm’ get him into trouble with referees - but he is also valuable in the dressing room and around the club as a joker and motivator.
“I believe in the gaffer and the gaffer believes in what I bring to the club,” he said.
“Okay so I am not everyone’s cup of tea sometimes. But I think I bring a lot more to the club in terms of being around the club. When I’m called on to go onto the pitch I go and do my job.
“I am now entering my fourth season here and I am made up. You look at the clubs I’ve been at, I haven’t been at many clubs. I had four years at Fleetwood, before that just non-League Cammell Laird and Droylsden. So long may this continue.
“I think it’s been a progression for myself. I think I’ve got better each season. I am a lot calmer person now.
“I bring a different kind of role to the team which the gaffer wants me to do. Hopefully I can do that next year and bring a lot more quality to the team.”
On last season’s 12th place finish, he added: “Progression - that’s a big word for us. From the start of the season for the first six months we were up there weren’t we? We were in the top eight for most of the season.
“I think what killed us a bit was the little blip in March, but that’s just one of them - that’s football.
“You can be on a high and then be on a low. But, on reflection I think it’s been a good season for us in terms of the club as a whole and the squad as a whole. Hopefully we can take that on into next season and do a lot better.”
McGuire clearly relishes his role as court jester and smiled: “I am a character. I am vibrant and I am buzzing.
“I get the lads going - I think that’s the main thing. I love causing mayhem and doing my little tricks. I like to cause a bit of mischief and this and that.”
One of his recent victims was centre half Ryan Tafazolli.
“Everyone thinks Ryan is a good-looking man, but I ended up putting Deep Heat in his boxers, said McGuire.
“He got out the shower and put them on. I think we were actually going on a night out after the game.
“I could see his face burn up, but to be fair he took it with a big smile. I was laughing my head off so he knew it was me.
“That’s just one example - but there are loads and some aren’t nice ones!
“But you have to keep morale high and you have to keep everyone level-headed and on the same path with this club. It’s not just me, there are a few others as well. Everyone bounces off each other.”
With so many players likely to be out of work this summer, McGuire is very pleased to get things sorted so early.
“You’ve seen the lists from other clubs of players they’ve let go with eight or nine on each, so I am happy to have signed and have it done and dusted,” he said.
“I will now just have a rest and a few holidays, rest the body and we will be due back in soon to kick on for the new season.”
McGuire has built a real rapport with the fans and his summer message to them was: “Like last season, stick by us.
“Hopefully when the new season comes we’ll have made a few new signings.
“Everyone get behind us as, when Mansfield as a whole town gets behind us, there is nothing better than playing here and doing well for his club.
“I have met a lot of good friends in this town as well as the lads I play with.
“There’s some really good people around this town and this club and you want to repay it - hopefully we can do that this coming season by doing well.”
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