STAGS SIGN OSCAR GOBERN
Stags sign former League One promotion winner
mansfieldtown.net, 17th September 2016 (1.30pm, before the game at Hartlepool)
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has strengthened his injury-hit squad with the addition of midfielder Oscar Gobern, a former League One promotion winner.
The signing will widely be seen as a coup - with the 25-year-old having been promoted into the Championship with Southampton in 2011 and Huddersfield a year later.
After making over 70 appearances for Huddersfield, the 6ft 3in midfielder was snapped up by QPR, before a knee injury halted his development at Loftus Road.
“Oscar is an excellent signing for us,” said Stags’ boss Adam Murray.
“He has an excellent pedigree, mainly at Championship level. His ability is Championship-standard and he has a hunger to return to playing at the highest level - obviously we want that to be with us.
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“Oscar is a very technical player, but also has the ability to get box-to-box and make things happen.
“Oscar was waiting for an opportunity for a club which matches his ambition and after speaking to a few [clubs] in League One, he felt that we were the right fit.
“He knows Daryl Taylor (strength & conditioning coach) personally and has worked with him over the summer, so we know he’ll be in good shape generally. It will now be just a case of increasing his match time as soon as possible.
“We believe this signing can improve the team and we look forward to having him in our environment.”
Oscar has been allocated squad number 27.
New signing determined to repay gaffer's faith
mansfieldtown.net, 17th September 2016 (after the game at Hartlepool)
New addition Oscar Gobern wants to repay Stags' boss Adam Murray with high-quality performances, the midfielder declared today, just hours after his signing was revealed.
The 25-year-old put pen to paper yesterday and was announced only 90 minutes before today's match away at Hartlepool United, which finished 0-0.
The midfielder was brought on at half-time in today's contest, replacing CJ Hamilton, and impressed with a number of neat passages of play.
Having not played competitive football for 12 months because of a knee injury, the 6ft 3in player was clearly enthused by manager Adam Murray's words of encouragement prior to entering the field for the first time since his lay-off.
“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me by bringing me on in the second half,” said Gobern, speaking after today’s match.
“He said ‘go out there and express yourself’ and I think we did that in the second half.
“It was a positive result, overall, heading into next week against Grimsby.
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“The gaffer's given me a platform to play and I want to repay that to the gaffer, the fans and players.
"The gaffer's been great with me since I've arrived and I’ve settled in well."
Overall, the ex-QPR player was pleased with the point gained,
"Its a tough place to come [at Victoria Park]. The fans are 'on you' as it's a close stadium; you hear everything that's said."
And Gobern already has his sights set on playing at One Call Stadium in Stags' next match on Saturday, in a 12.15pm kick-off against Grimsby.
"We go into next week's match feeling good. It'll be a tough game. They're doing quite well. It'll be physical.
"We will have to implement our game. The gaffer's encouraging us to get on the ball, express ourselves and that's what we need to do next week."
The midfielder's interview will be available to view shortly on Stags Player HD.
Gobern told Charlie Slater on BBC Radio Nottingham that he has signed until January.
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