KANE HEMMINGS SIGNS FOR NOTTS COUNTY
Notts County complete second six-figure striker swoop as Kane Hemmings signs from Oxford United
Magpies end an incredible 24 hours of transfer business with the arrival of former Rangers hitman
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh Curtis, 1 JUN 2018
Notts County completed their second six-figure swoop for a striker in 24 hours as they landed the highly-rated Oxford United striker Kane Hemmings.
Hemmings has signed a three-year deal in a move worth around £100,000 in what is another solid show of ambition from chairman Alan Hardy.
He follows the arrival of Chesterfield striker Kristian Dennis, who also signed a three-year deal at the Magpies on Thursday in a deal that was worth £150,000.
Hemmings’ move to Meadow Lane is set to spark a feeling of envy from Mansfield Town fans, who had wanted the forward to return to the One Call Stadium following his successful loan spell last season.
He ended with 15 goals for the Stags as they just missed out on the League Two play-offs, but the 27-year-old cannot wait to get started with the Magpies.
“I am over the moon,” he said.
“The deal was sorted out in the last couple of days.
“I am delighted to be here. It is a club that wants to go places and I want to go there with them.
“Seeing what the chairman has invested in and done with the club and what he wants do, as well as speaking to the manager, it’s clear they want to take those next steps.”
Hemmings’ arrival capped off an incredible 24 hours of activity at Meadow Lane in which defender or midfielder Andy Kellett also joined the club on a free transfer from Wigan.
It means Notts have completed four signings since the transfer window opened, with highly-rated Chester midfielder Tom Crawford having put pen to paper in midweek.
He also cost the club a transfer fee as Hardy stuck to his promise of not being afraid to pay for players this summer as he looks to fund a promotion push next season.
BBC Radio Nottm (Colin Fray): "is it a bit of a wrench to leave Mansfield?"
Kane Hemmings: "Obviously I was only there on loan. Obviously my time there was done. I've not been in contact with them since I've left.
I had a great year there (at Mansfield) and I'm grateful to everyone there."
Notts County striker Kane Hemmings expects frosty reception from Mansfield Town fans next season
Magpies forward already setting his sights on derby glory after signing from Oxford
By Leigh Curtis
Kane Hemmings expects a frosty reception when he returns to Mansfield with Notts County next season but says a win over his old club would be “nice”.
The former Rangers striker last week wrapped up a move to the Magpies from Oxford United in a deal worth £100,000 to become the club's fourth summer signing.
His arrival led to some envious glances from Mansfield fans given they were hoping Hemmings would return to the One Call Stadium after scoring 15 goals there last season during his loan spell from the Us.
But his decision to sign for Notts is set to add further spice to next season’s derby, a game which Hemmings left his mark on at last season when he scored a last-minute penalty for the Stags in a 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane.
Asked what kind of reception expects from Mansfield fans next season, Hemmings said: “Probably not the best.
“But it is what it is. It’s football and it happens.
“I had a great year at Mansfield to be fair and I am thankful to everyone there.
“But I am a Notts County player now and hopefully we can go there and get a win. That would be nice.”
Hemmings said he had little contact with Mansfield since returning to Oxford from the Stags who just missed out on the play-offs under boss David Flitcroft.
The former Tamworth forward had a year left to run on his contract at Oxford, but had numerous clubs chasing his signature following his form last season.
But he said Notts’ ambition under chairman Alan Hardy and manager Kevin Nolan was pivotal in his decision to put pen to paper.
“I was only on loan at Mansfield and my time there is done and I’ve not really had contact with them since I left,” he said.
“Offers came in and being kind of a local lad from Burton, it’s only around the corner.
“The plans the chairman and the manager has, it was something I couldn’t turn down to be honest.
“I was convinced straight away, it’s a perfect match.”
tweet from Notts County owner the night before the signing unveiled:
Alan Hardy @Bigalanh5
But that would really pee-off the Stags supporters and we shouldn’t do that, should we? (smiley elojis)
Nathan Baugh @nathanbaugh1675
If hemmings is the one tommorow your my new favourite person alan