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2nd September 2016 20:44

Stags' boss snaps up Forest defender
mansfieldtown.net, 31st August 2016

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has moved rapidly in the transfer market to capture Nottingham Forest defender Alex Iacovitti on a loan move until the end of the season.

The transfer materialised following a hamstring injury to defender Kyle Howkins in last night’s 2-0 loss to Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Iacovitti, 18, has put pen-to-paper on a deal at One Call Stadium this afternoon as Adam Murray re-enforces his defensive options with this deadline day acquisition.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/stags-boss-snaps-up-forest-defender-3284784.aspx#U0OFyMCeoF7ecVGl.99

The versatile defender has progressed through the ranks at The City Ground and made his senior debut in the Reds’ 4-3 opening day victory over Burton Albion earlier this month.

Comfortable at both centre-half and left-back, Iacovitti has represented Scotland at under 19 level despite being born in England to an Italian father and Scottish mother.

He was an ever-present in the Forest under 18s’ side who reached the play-off semi-final and quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup two seasons ago, and went on to become a mainstay of the under 21s’ side last campaign.

Stags' boss Adam Murray said: "It's been an eventful day. We've had to move very quickly in the market to get this one over the line. We've managed to push it through and our thanks are extended to Nottingham Forest, Jack Lester and Gary Brazil, in particular.

"We have kept an eye on Alex for a while. He has a very good presence about him. He is left-footed, which will give us balance. He's an old-school centre half who can play and has good pace."

The loan agreement is subject to EFL approval.

In other news, teenage forwards Tyler Blake and Jason Law have joined Sutton Coldfield on loan for one month.

Defender Corbin Shires, 18, has linked up with Bradford Park Avenue, also on a one month deal.


Murray pleased to capture sought-after defender
mansfieldtown.net, 31st August 2016

Stags’ boss Adam Murray believes the attributes possessed by deadline day signing Alex Iacovitti makes the youngster a quality addition to his defensive arsenal.

Murray completed a season-long loan deal for the Nottingham Forest defender this evening after fellow loanee Kyle Howkins suffered a hamstring injury in last night’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

And the manager believes Iacovitti, who Murray described as an ‘old-school centre-half’, provides Stags with good balance in their defensive ranks.

“He’s somebody that [there’s] a very good presence about him, left-footed, which will give us balance [and he's] very aggressive - he’s an old-school centre-half who can also play,” Murray said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/murray-pleased-to-capture-sought-after-defender-3285194.aspx#6bReXZHw1R6sehfD.99

“[He’s got] very good pace, I think we [saw] the difference that it makes having that little bit of pace at the back with people like Pearcey (Krystian Pearce), Tafty (George Taft), Kyle (Howkins), that little bit of pace helps and Alex has that in abundance.

“We’re very happy to bring him in to the building. He played left-back in the first game for Nottingham Forest v Burton, so he’s somebody that gives us cover in that area that I believe we’re a little bit light in so he comes in as a centre-half but to play at left-back in the Championship, it proves that he’s comfortable there as well.”

The 34-year-old said the club had to move quickly to capture the Scotland under 19 international, with a host of other clubs vying to secure his signature.

“[It] got a little bit stressful this afternoon because I didn’t know if it was going to happen and if we were going to have to look elsewhere but we got our target and we’re very happy to bring him in to the club.

“[There was] a lot of interest in Alex. He’s had a very good start to his season personally; he made his debut, played the first couple of games for Nottingham Forest and now they believe it’s time for him to go out and try and get some regular football. There was a lot of interest in him so we’re chuffed to bits to bring him in to our team.

“I think obviously being local to Forest helped [to complete the deal], but I also think the guys down there know what we’re trying to build here and it’s a good environment to come in to.”

The gaffer continued: “I think you’ve seen the progression Kyle’s (Howkins) made in the short time he’s been with us. It’s a growth period for the lads coming on loan but it’s also a situation where it helps us become stronger as a team, so it works for everybody.”

Murray was forced to delve in to the transfer market today after suffering injuries to defender Howkins and midfielder Jamie McGuire against Doncaster last night, and the boss says the prognosis of the West Brom loanee isn’t positive.

“It’s not good at the minute. Kyle’s ‘done’ his hamstring. How bad, we’re not 100 percent sure until we get the scan results back but from the diagnosis last night and the way it’s feeling today, the physios are predicting it’s not going to be a short amount of time, hence why we’ve moved so quickly to bring Alex in.”

Supporters can view Adam Murray's interview, in full, on Stags PlayerHD.


Adam Murray told StagsPlayerHD about Kyle Howkins:
"Kyle's done his hamstring. How bad we're not 100% sure til we get the scan results back. But so far the physios are predicting it won't be a short time."

Adam Murray on Jack Thomas and Chris Clements:
"those two are positive. We're getting to where we need to get to with them now."


Iacovitti makes Mansfield move
Posted: Wed 31 Aug 2016
Author: NFFC official website

Nottingham Forest defender Alex Iacovitti has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has made two appearances for the Forest first-team, starting in the 4-3 win over Burton Albion and the 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion at the beginning of the current campaign.

Iacovitti, who graduated from the Forest academy, will now head to the One Call Stadium for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.


Alex @alexiacovitti
Buzzing to have signed for @mansfieldtownfc on loan, can't wait to get started & help the club push for promotion #stags


Nottingham Forest: Five young stars who could make the breakthrough
Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-forest-young-stars-make-breakthrough/story-26549306-detail/story.html#VdASm5dBJsjdyZBK.99

May 21, 2015

5. Alex Iacovitti

It is not merely just his name that gives away Alex Iacovitti's Italian roots.

The languid, cultured defender's calm performances for Forest's under-18 side earned him a handful of opportunities for the under-21s last season.

A central defender who can also slot in at left back, Iacovitti stood out in more experienced company in that under-21 play-off semi-final against Swansea.

Iacovitti has already represented Scotland at under-17 level and does not turn 18 until September, so patience will be required where the teenager is concerned.

But he performed in the manner of a player with far more experience against the Welsh side, making numerous timely interceptions and challenges thanks to his astute reading of the game.

Iacovitti, who does also qualify to play for Italy, only started four times for the under-21 side, but has made swift progress in the final months of the campaign, after making himself indispensable to the under-18 side.

Comfortable with the ball at his feet, Iacovitti is more than capable of carrying the ball out of defence.

And, while it is perhaps too much to expect him to make a significant impact on the first team next season, he is a player that is generating some considerable excitement behind the scenes at the club.

Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/nottingham-forest-young-stars-make-breakthrough/story-26549306-detail/story.html#VdASm5dBJsjdyZBK.99



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