STAGS SIGN TYLER WALKER ON LOAN FROM FOREST
Stags make treble swoop!
mansfieldtown.net, Friday 29 June 2018
Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft has made a treble swoop with the loan signing of Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker along with permanent additions of attacking midfielder Otis Khan and experienced striker Craig Davies from Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic, respectively.
Highly-rated Reds’ striker Tyler Walker joins the Stags on loan until the end of the season.
Dynamic midfielder Khan has signed a two year deal at One Call Stadium after the Stags agreed an undisclosed fee with Yeovil for the 22-year-old.
Frontman Davies has penned a two year contract after the Stags landed the 32-year-old from Oldham for an undisclosed fee.
On his first Championship start of last season, Tyler Walker netted twice for the Reds in a 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers and later penned a new deal at the City Ground until the summer of 2021.
The Nottingham born youngster, 21, has loan experience with Burton Albion, Stevenage Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers and is capped at England U20 level.
After his schooling at Manchester United, Otis Khan signed for Sheffield United’s development side in 2012 before making his first team debut for the Blades two years later.
Comfortable central or out wide, Khan then enjoyed a spell with Barnsley before signing for Yeovil in the summer of 2016 and has since been their stand-out performer.
Former Wales international Craig Davies netted 14 times for his previous club Oldham, who were recently relegated from League One.
Amongst other clubs in a career which started at Manchester City, the 32-year-old has played for Brighton, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Bolton and Wigan in the past eight years.
Chief executive officer Carolyn Radford said: “We’re thrilled to have Tyler, Otis and Craig now in our ranks ahead of next season following much hard work behind-the-scenes in recent weeks.
“We’ve had to remain patient and professional in equal measure but we know these signings will excite our supporters and add real quality to our squad.
“Tyler’s loan transfer has come as a result of a new, special relationship with Nottingham Forest and their owners, who I thank for their characteristic professionalism. We have agreed to pay a contribution to the player’s wages and our ambition is to aid Tyler’s development while he plays a significant part in our season this term.
“We have been closely monitoring Otis and Craig for some time and their desire and hunger to play for the Stags are qualities which fit perfectly into our model.”
Manager David Flitcroft said: “There’s been a lot of hard miles and real hard graft put into these deals and I’m delighted for everyone at the club and thank the chairman and Carolyn for their support in making these signings happen.
“I’ve not been deterred from my vision of what the team will look like and what it will represent to our supporters and I’m absolutely delighted with the signings, especially before the Portugal training camp next week.
“It was key that we got the players in this week to settle in with the group so next week in Portugal we can lay down our battle plans.”
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New forward Walker says Stags' boss was main reason for move
Newly-signed Stags’ forward Tyler Walker says manager David Flitcroft and the play-style of his Mansfield Town side were the main reasons he made the switch to One Call Stadium last week.
Highly-rated forward Walker, 21, joined the Stags on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest last Friday, on a day that the club announced three signings.
The forward expressed his delight after joining the Stags for the 2018-19 season, citing Stags’ boss Flitcroft as one of the main reasons for his move.
“I’m buzzing. It’s taken a few days but I’m happy to finally be here with the lads and in time for Portugal [Stags’ pre-season training destination],” he said.
“Now we can go away and get to know the lads, it [Portugal trip] will definitely help the lads gel together.
“A lot of the reason I’ve signed is because of the manager and the style of play. I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to next season.”
Walker also spoke of the type of forward that he is, and says he is looking to use the loan spell at One Call Stadium to develop himself as a player and add plenty of goals to the Mansfield front line.
“[I’ll look to add] movement and obviously goals. We have two other great new signings with me here [Otis Khan and Craig Davies], and I’m looking forward to working with them,” he added.
“I’m a striker who likes to score goals and create goals. I’m an attacking player who likes to have the ball at my feet and hopefully I can do that this season.
“I know a few of the lads already and they’re really nice guys. I’ve settled in really well and I’m really happy.
“The main thing for me is game time and goals. I want to play in every game and score lots of goals.
“We had to talk to [Nottingham] Forest before coming here, but we were both on the same page. They want me to go out and get some games and goals, and come back hopefully a better player.
“That [first team minutes] is what I need. It’s massive for a young player like myself. Game time is the main thing.
“The loans are good because they help you get experience and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from them. I feel like I’m equipped to come here and do what I have to do.”
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Ambitious Walker excited over season-long loan at Mansfield
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Exciting young Nottingham Forest player Tyler Walker is aiming for regular starts, goals and sky high confidence during his year-long loan at League Two neighbours Mansfield Town. The 21-year-old has already scored four times in 33 outings for the Reds and also gained valuable experience in loan spells at Burton Albion, Port Vale, Stevenage and Bolton Wanderers.
“We had to talk to Forest before coming here, but we were both on the same page,” he said. “They want me to go out and get some games and goals, and come back hopefully a better player.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/ambitious-walker-excited-over-season-long-loan-at-mansfield-1-9231499
“The main thing for me is game time and goals. I want to play in every game and score lots of goals,” he said. “First team minutes is what I need. It’s massive for a young player like myself. Game time is the main thing for confidence.
“The loans are good because they help you get experience and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from them. Having played in this league already I feel like I’m a little bit more equipped to come here and do what I have to do.
“A lot of the reason I’ve signed is because of the manager and the style of play. I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to doing well to next season.”
Walker was particularly happy to get the deal done ahead of this week’s week-long training camp in Portugal. “I know a few of the lads already and they’re really nice guys,” he said.
“I’ve settled in really well and I’m really happy. “I’m buzzing. It’s taken a few days but I’m happy to finally be here with the lads and in time for Portugal. “Now we can go away and get to know the lads, the trip will definitely help the lads gel together.” On what Stags fans can expect from him, he added: “I’ll look to add movement and obviously goals. “We have two other great new signings with me here (Otis Khan and Craig Davies), and I’m looking forward to working with them.
“I’m a striker who likes to score goals and create goals. I’m an attacking player who likes to have the ball at my feet and hopefully I can do that this season.”
Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker hopes for confidence boost with Mansfield Town loan move
Reds forward will spend the season with David Flitcroft's promotion-chasing Stags
By Sarah Clapson, nottinghampost.com
Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker hopes his season-long loan at Mansfield Town can help boost his confidence - and his goal tally.
The 21-year-old will spend the upcoming campaign with David Flitcroft’s side as they aim for a promotion push in League Two.
Walker has previously had spells at Port Vale, Stevenage and Burton Albion, and spent the second half of last term at Bolton Wanderers.
He struggled for regular game time with the Trotters, however, making just five Championship appearances, and is now looking to get his progress back on track at the One Call Stadium.
Asked what he hoped to get out of his time with the Stags, Walker told the club: “The main thing is game time and goals. I just want to play every game, score a lot of goals and help with my confidence.”
He added: “I’m a striker, I like to score goals and create goals. I’m an attacking player. I like the ball at my feet, and hopefully I can do all of that this season.
“I want to score goals and create goals. Hopefully with the team we’ve got, we can do that.
“All the lads have been training together already and they are very good players.”
Walker’s arrival was part of a triple swoop by Mansfield boss Flitcroft, with midfielder Otis Khan and fellow forward Craig Davies arriving from Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic respectively, at the same time.
Walker says the chance to play for Flitcroft in what the club hopes will be a successful season, was part of his decision to put pen to paper.
“I’m buzzing,” he said. “It’s taken a couple of days, but I’m really happy to finally be here with the lads in time for Portugal (training camp) next week.
“A lot of the reason I’ve signed is because of the manager and the style of play - passing the ball, movement and hopefully goals. I’ll try to provide them.
“We’ve got two good new signings with me here and I’m really looking forward to working with them.
“I’m really happy to be here and looking forward to doing well next season for the lads.”
He added: “I know a few of the lads already, they are really nice guys.
“Us three who signed together have settled in really well, so I’m really happy.”
Stags' boss pleased to add trio in time for Portugal trip
Stags' boss David Flitcroft says getting the deals for the trio of Otis Khan, Tyler Walker and Craig Davies over the line before Mansfield Town jetted off to Portugal for their pre-season training camp was vital, as it allows him to work with his new additions over the course of this week.
Stags trained for the first time in Portugal this afternoon, after landing safely at 11am local time.
Manager Flitcroft added the trio of signings to his ranks last Friday, with Stags announcing the treble swoop all at the same time in what was a dramatic day at One Call Stadium.
The Stags' boss said he is 'delighted' with the signings, and paid tribute to the support of chairman John Radford and CEO Carolyn Radford in getting the deals over the line.
Flitcroft highlighted the importance of getting the trio in before the first team jetted off to Portugal for their pre-season training camp, in order to allow the new forwards to gel with the rest of the squad.
"I'm absolutely delighted with everyone at the club and the chairman and Carolyn's support in this. They are three signings that we have been chasing long and chasing hard," said the manager.
"I've not gone off the vision in my head as to what the team is going to look like and what it's going to represent to the supporters.
"We've kept going for our key targets and to pull them all off has took some real hard work and graft behind the scenes. I'm absolutely delighted.
"I think getting them in before the Portugal trip [was important]. We really wanted them in for this week settling in with the group.
"Tyler Walker has come here for football reasons. He has an ambition, and that's what I do know. He wants to make it to the Premier League and that is something I spoke to him about in length - how can we get Tyler Walker to the Premier League."
"Otis Khan has been at Manchester United has a trainee. He has the United mind, the United habits, the United feet. He has gone down to Yeovil and done some real hard graft and miles. His work ethic is phenomenal. He's been training with a performance coach all summer which we have been keeping tabs on.
"They all have incredible quality. Craig Davies takes care in his work and in his training - he has real professionalism. These boys have vast amount of quality, pace and power. That's something we certainly needed in the squad.
"These players are coming in to make maximum impact on a Saturday or a Tuesday night. They've come in with an ambition and hunger to score goals - all three of them. That's the word I want, I want ambitious players here. I want to move this club forward."
The Stags' boss spoke of the experience that striker Craig Davies adds to the ranks at One Call Stadium, following his acquisition from Oldham Athletic.
"I've always been able to work with a striker who wants to lead the line, who sees it as his ambition to lead the line. He [Davies] has got the calibre to do that and the personality to do that,” he said.
"He enjoys causing defenders real problems. He's a physical specimen.
"What he has now done has linked the centre of the pitch up in terms of a leadership group. You have Conrad Logan or Bobby Olejnik, you have [Krystian] Pearce, [Neal] Bishop, [Alex] MacDonald who have the experience and the know-how.
"We have young strikers at the club who are a little inexperienced at times, but Craig gives us that experience and he certainly gives opposition real problems."
Manager Flitcroft added that Otis Khan, who signed for the Stags on a two-year deal from Yeovil Town, is a player that will get the fans out of their seats.
"Otis [Khan] for six or seven months of the season last season blew the league away with his potency and his quality. I look at him as a fan as well, and he is the player who will get the fans excited and get the fans off their feet. When he gets the ball you're looking for him to do something.
"He has dynamic movement and is a player that certainly excites me when I watch him. He can create something from nothing and has that creative spark. That's the thing I have brought him to the club for - his creation and his spark.
"He's a player that I want to work with on the training ground. I do believe we are bringing an asset to the football club and he is in an environment where he can flourish."
Tyler Walker joined Mansfield on loan from Nottingham Forest, and is a player that the Stags' boss has admired for some time. Flitcroft added that it was the relationship that the chairman and CEO share with Nottingham Forest that made the deal possible.
"He [Walker] went to America with the team [Nottingham Forest] last year but he was right on the fringe. I enquired about him then but didn't get the chance to work with him. I kept tabs on him since then. I think what has got the deal over the line is the relationship that John and Carolyn have with Nottingham Forest,” he added.
"The big thing for me for Tyler was that he had good options, but he saw the football plan here and wanted to sign for us. With his dad's blessing, and that was important for me as he is a legend of the game, it was important for me that he made the right football decision.
"The deal wouldn't have got over the line without the backing of the chairman and Carolyn. It's full credit to them really."
Despite the Stags' boss flying out to Portugal with the squad this week, he maintained that the club may still be active in the transfer market.
"There are still things going on behind the scenes. We are still short defensively, we need defensive cover. We make no secret of that.
"We have promoted three of the younger players up to train with the first team and they will be training with us for the morning and night sessions.
"We'll still be fine-tuning and adjusting our playing squad and that will run up to the start of the season now. I can go to Portugal and really work with that front end of the pitch because we've added real quality to our squad."
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Flitcroft has long been in pursuit of Tyler Walker’s services. “When Mark Warburton was at Forest I made a phone call to him when Tyler was right on the fringe of the team,” he said. “I kept mithering Mark but Tyler was catching fire in pre-season and was in and around what they were doing. “So I couldn’t work with him then. But I kept tabs and kept tracking him. “When Gary Brazil went in there I touched base with him too, but I think what’s put the deal over the line is the relationship the chairman and Carolyn have got with Nottingham Forest’s hierarchy. “We have been trusted to look after their asset. He has an ambition to play in the Premiership and it was about how can we be a factor in getting Tyler Walker into the Premiership? “The big thing for me is that Tyler did have good options. But when he saw our football plan he wanted to come and sign for us. “He made that quite clear, with his dad’s blessing, which was important for me - an absolute legend of the game.”
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/patience-pays-for-flitcroft-as-he-lands-all-three-key-targets-1-9232171
Stags strengthen attacking options with triple signing
chad.co.uk, Friday 29 June 2018
David Flitcroft has today bolstered his attacking options at Mansfield Town for next season with the signings of Tyler Walker, Otis Khan and Craig Davies.
Highly-rated forward Walker, 21, has joined Mansfield on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest while attacking midfielder Khan, 22, and experienced striker Davies, 32, have both signed two-year deals.
Stags sign Tyler Walker, pictured here playing for Forest Stags chief executive officer Carolyn Radford was “thrilled” to get the three deals done after much hard work, which saw undisclosed fees paid to Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic for the services of Khan and Davies respectively.
Walker, son of Forest legend Des, made 33 appearances in total for Forest in the Championship, largely from the substitutes’ bench, since making his debut for the Reds in March 2015. He has had spells at Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers over the last two seasons and will be aiming to gain as much first team experience as possible at the One Call Stadium.
While Stags beat off stiff competition for 22-year-old Khan with rumoured interest from Preston North End, Wigan and Shrewsbury emerging earlier this week. Khan began his career at Manchester United before joining Sheffield United’s academy, where he made two first team appearances, and went on to play for Buxton, Matlock Town and Barrow on loan. He joined Barnsley in January 2016 before moving to Yeovil that summer and has gone on to make 67 appearances for the Glovers during that time, scoring 22 goals in the process.
And much-travelled former Wales international Davies netted 14 times for his previous club Oldham, who were recently relegated from League One. Amongst other clubs in a career which started at Manchester City, he has played for Brighton, Chesterfield, Barnsley, Bolton and Wigan in the past eight years.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/stags-strengthen-attacking-options-with-triple-signing-1-9228743
Walker makes Stags loan move
Friday 29 June 2018
Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker has joined Sky Bet League Two side Mansfield Town on a season-long loan.
Flitcroft ‘big admirer’ of Tyler Walker as rumours mount on move
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 26 June 2018
Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft admitted he is a big admirer of exciting Nottingham Forest forward Tyler Walker as he refused to confirm rumours he is about to sign the youngster.
Stags are short on forwards and social media has suggested Walker - son of former Forest legend Des Walker - is about to join the Stags after spending the second half of last season out on loan at Bolton Wanderers.
The pacey Walker can also play a wide role and a cautious Flitcroft admitted: “He is someone that, when Mark Warburton was there, I had a keen interest in. I watched him a lot.
Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/flitcroft-big-admirer-of-tyler-walker-as-rumours-mount-on-move-1-9222671
“But, without sitting on the fence with it, letting people know who your targets are is something I don’t want to do.
“I am an admirer of Tyler - 100 per cent - but I’m not going to be drawn on that one.”
first rumour: twitter carl robshaw @carlosrobshaw (24 Jun 2018)
Been told Tyler walker goin Mansfield on loan. I’d of thought he’d get a league 1 loan. Seems a bin of a drop #NFFC #mtfc
carl robshaw @carlosrobshaw (27 Jun 2018)
Walker to Mansfield will be in next 24 hours. Season long loan. Don’t believe any of the crap about 5k a week signin on a perm. Don’t no why people feel the need to make things up #mtfc #nffc
James Goodwin @ExAgent1 (25 June 2018)
Tyler Walker will join Mansfield Town for an eye-watering £5k a week. They've pipped another League Two club by doubling their offer.
Alan Hardy @Bigalanh5 (29 June 2018)
As I said; we can’t afford £5,000 a week unfortunately