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22nd May 2016 23:07

Left-back pens new contract
mansfieldtown.net, 18th May 2016

Left-back Mal Benning has today become the fifth player to commit his future to the Stags for the coming season.

The West Midlands-born man has become a fans’ favourite for his solid displays and incredible long-range strikes during his debut season with the club, in which he made 31 League 2 appearances.

The defender joins goalkeeper Brian Jensen and midfielders Jamie McGuire, Mitch Rose and Jack Thomas in signing for the Stags for next season.

After putting pen-to-paper this morning, Benning said he was ‘delighted’ to get the deal done.

“Obviously I’ve always wanted to stay here, it’s a great club to be at and a great manager to work under."

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The former Walsall defender picked up the Goal of the Season award for his thunderous volley in October at home to Newport County, as well as the chairman’s Player of the Season gong.

“I was shocked to get it [the chairman's award], but it’s something that I’m proud of because you must’ve had a decent season for the chairman to pick you as his player of the season, so I was buzzing with that award and couldn’t be more grateful for it.”

After missing three months of the season with a knee injury, Benning says he hopes to stay injury-free and play the entire of the 2016-17 campaign.

“I set high standards to myself before I was injured and I knew it was going to be hard to get back to those standards after I was injured but I felt like I went through a patch where I was hitting up and downs with the inconsistency, but towards the end of the season I felt I was back to my consistent level.

“Obviously I played the majority of this season but hopefully next season I can play the whole season, injury-free."

Mal Benning’s new deal will start from 01 July 2016 and is subject to Football League approval.


Stags' skipper signs on
mansfieldtown.net, 18th May 2016

Stags’ captain Lee Collins has signed a new deal at the club, we are pleased to announce.

The former Northampton Town man was named as the Manager’s Player of the Season at the club's Annual Awards Dinner and has now committed his future to the Stags after a solid campaign at One Call Stadium.

After picking up an injury prior to the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Collins was forced to bide his time to secure a place in the Stags’ starting XI due to the good form of Krystian Pearce and Ryan Tafazolli.

It wasn’t until the middle of October when Collins got a run in the side following the suspension of fellow defender Pearce, before being made captain after the departure of Nicky Hunt to Leyton Orient in January.

The 27-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy product made 32 starts in all competitions for Adam Murray’s side last season, showing his versatility by playing at centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield.

"I'm delighted to have signed and am already looking forward to next season," said Collins. "We enjoyed a productive campaign in 2015-16 and will aim to go one better next season."

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/stags-skipper-signs-on-3117471.aspx#9PvexwhmjbDIlGpU.99

The new deal will run from 01 July 2016 and is subject to Football League approval.


Centre-half commits to club
mansfieldtown.net, 18th May 2016

Defender Krystian Pearce has become the latest member of the Stags' squad to commit his future to the club.

The former Torquay United man joins goalkeeper Brian Jensen, defenders Mal Benning and Lee Collins and midfielders Jamie McGuire, Mitch Rose and Jack Thomas in signing new deals at One Call Stadium.

Pearce made 36 Sky Bet League 2 starts during the 2015-16 campaign where he showcased both his defensive ability and his calmness in possession whilst bringing the ball out of defence.

The Birmingham City youth product has international honours after representing England at under 17 and under 19 level, before enjoying spells at Notts County, Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United, amongst others.

After putting pen-to-paper on his new contract, Pearce described his pleasure at securing his future for next season.

"I’m just happy to be signing again because I believe in the squad and what the gaffer’s (Adam Murray) trying to do here," Pearce said.

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"Obviously the gaffer’s always said to me that I’m a big part of his plans which is obviously a major reason why I want to be here next season and, in fact, even the chairman said to me after one of the games that he wants me to be here next season so that was always good to hear from obviously the chairman and the gaffer."

The 26-year-old has enjoyed working under boss Adam Murray and hopes that the squad develop further under his guidance next season.

"He’s a very good coach and obviously he’s had a whole new group and he’s made them mould quite quickly and as you’ve seen, we’ve all thrived under him so it’s only going to be even better next season."

The new deal is subject to Football League approval and will start from 01 July 2016.



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