MURRAY ON LAMBE & WINGERS / NEWS ON MULLINS/HYLTON
Murray interview on StagsPlayer, 26May2016:
"We had options on all the players apart from Ryan (Tafazolli) and Reggie (Lambe).
We decided not to take up the option on Matty Blair. We offered him a deal that I thought was value for the player and the output, and Matty decided he that wanted to go somewhere else.
We've put something on the table for Reggie - we'll see if he accepts it. He's got offers elsewhere and we're still speaking to him.
But we've got other targets."
Wingers top Stags’ shopping list
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Wednesday 01 June 2016
Mansfield Town are looking to complete their squad with around five more players, three of them likely to be wingers and one a target man centre forward.
The Stags have already made two big signings in Bury striker Danny Rose and Burton centre half George Taft to add to the majority of last year’s strong squad of players.
Now boss Adam Murray believes: “We only need a handful of players now, so we we are being very specific.
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“We have two major ones in and we’ll be working on the rest over the forthcoming weeks.
“Some of them we are going to have to work on mentally if we get them as they are from different environments. Some of the pieces of jigsaw will be things that make the greater good better.”
With Matty Blair already gone and Reggie Lambe holding out on signing a new deal with other offers on the table, Murray is very much in the market for wide men.
“The winger situation at the minute is we haven’t got any in the building,” he said.
“We probably need three. There are a couple I am really excited by as they are technically very good. One I feel has superb potential. But we’ll take our time.
“There are a lot of options in this area and if we are bringing wingers in, they’ve got to give us an output, whether that be goals, assists, or the ability to put balls into areas where the centre forwards can get on the end of them and score goals.
“There’s no point having wingers that don’t do that. We will go out there and find people that can do that if we can.
“If not we’ll find people who have the potential and make-up we can work with to help them do that.”
Former Stags star Mullins joins Luton Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Wednesday 01 June 2016
Former Mansfield Town defender Johnny Mullins has joined Stags’ League Two rivals Luton Town on a two-year deal after his shock departure from promoted Oxford United.
The 30-year-old was the highest profile player not to be offered a new deal at Oxford after skippering them to automatic promotion and a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley.
Some Stags fans hoped he might reappear at One Call Stadium, but Mullins said: “There was no call from Mansfield. With Luton it just happened so quickly.
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“I found out I was going on the Friday and was released on the Monday. That afternoon I then got a text to go down and speak to the gaffer at Luton. Thankfully it all got wrapped up really quickly.
“As soon as I met him I wanted to be part of what he is trying to build. When a club like Luton gave me a call, it was a no-brainer.”
Having played 149 games for the club, 51 last season, Mullins said it was a shock to be released by Oxford after such a successful campaign.
“It came as a surprise as I played so many games there last season,” he said.
“I was pretty confident of getting a new deal, but in football you can never take anything for granted and things change really quickly.”
But he left with fantastic memories of a season to cherish.
“It was unbelievable - one of the most incredible seasons I have ever had by a long stretch,” he said.
“To play at Wembley, have the FA Cup run and be promoted was special. I leave there with some special memories, but you move on quickly in football.”
Mullins has kept an eye on his former club and believes the Stags could be up there challenging with Luton next season.
“I don’t see why not,” he said. “Their squad is strong. They have good players and a good manager. This is a very strong league, solid all the way down.”
Luton boss Nathan Jones said on the official Hatters website: “I’m delighted that Johnny has joined us.
“He has experience of achieving promotion from League Two with both Oxford United last season and Rotherham United previously, during which he captained both clubs.
“Johnny is exactly the type of player and character I want at our club, he is a real leader and will be a big influence within our dressing room. The signing of Johnny massively improves our squad.”
Mullins will have one very familiar face in the dressing room alongside him as Luton have also signed Oxford United’s striker Danny Hylton, the 27-year-old turning down a new deal at Oxford after finishing their third-highest scorer last season.
Mullins arrived at Field Mill after being released by Reading in summer 2006.
He made 48 appearances in the 2006/07 season and the season after was described by manager Billy Dearden as the most improved player in League Two, winning Stags’ Player of the Season award.
However, after Mansfield were relegated to the Conference at the end of the 2007/08 season, Mullins turned down the offer of a new contract, wanting to stay in the Football League, and joined Stockport County on a two-year deal, with Stockport paying Mansfield compensation.
DANNY HYLTON SIGNS FOR THE HATTERS
lutontown.co.uk, 31st May 2016
Former Oxford striker shakes hands in a two-year deal at Kenilworth Road
Following on from the earlier announcement that Johnny Mullins has signed for Luton, we can now announce that ex-Oxford United striker Danny Hylton has also signed for the Hatters!
Hylton scored 15 goals for Oxford last season - their third highest scorer - helping them along the way to promotion into League 1.
The 27 year old striker started his professional career with Aldershot Town in 2005 as a 16 year old. He remained with Aldershot until 2013, scoring 35 goals in 178 appearances.
Following short spells with Rotherham, Bury and AFC Wimbledon, Hylton joined Oxford, where he made 85 appearances in total, scoring 26 goals.
When asked about how it feels to join the Club, Hylton said “It’s an honour to join Luton - it’s a massive Club. Obviously last season I was playing against Luton, they’ve got a fantastic style of play especially since Nathan came on board, I’m excited to be here.”
“I like to think that I bring more than just goals to the team, I like to work hard and try and create goals for other players too. If other plays are scoring and we’re winning games, then that’s perfect.”
Hylton is well known as industrious player. “I give 100% every single game, I’m a big believer in that. I believe if you are running around, and working hard, then the rest will come - if there’s 11 players on the pitch doing that, then you’ll be successful”, he said.
On his second signing of the day, Nathan Jones said “Danny is a great signing for us and he is a player I have admired for a long time now. Danny had offers from clubs in League One but has chosen to join us because he believes in what we are trying to build and achieve here and wants to be a vital part of making that happen."
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"Danny is another excellent character, he has a desire and hunger that I want to work with and his signing takes us further forward. Danny is a very talented player who played a key part in Oxford United’s promotion to League One and I am excited to be working with him.”
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