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6th May 2021 23:49

Young trio sign professional deals
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 4 April 2021

We are delighted to announce that young trio Ethan Hill, Nathan Caine and George Cooper have all signed professional contracts with the club.

Classy midfielder Hill, promising striker Caine and solid defender Cooper - all aged 18 - have all enjoyed the last two years as scholars within the Mansfield Town academy.

Academy manager Richard Cooper spoke of the three players and why he believes they have earned their professional deals with the Stags.


“Ethan Hill is a very technically astute midfield player,” he began. “He is a gifted midfield player and has an eye for a pass.

“He can build the play and he’s been in and around first team training sessions already under Nigel Clough.

“Nathan Caine has an eye for goal and obviously got his chance in the Papa John’s Trophy away at Scunthorpe earlier this season.

“He has scored some important goals for the academy throughout his scholarship. He’s a forward who can hurt defences by running in behind with his clever movement.

“George Cooper has been really consistent over the course of his scholarship in terms of his performances.

“He’s had that consistency at centre-back, and now he has the opportunity to go and show what he can do as a first-year pro.

“Coops is a solid defender and has been a leader for us at under-18 level.”

Richard Cooper says the club’s academy staff are ‘proud’ of the trio’s achievements.

“These three lads have been a real credit and have been a massive part of what we’ve tried to build in our first year as a Category 3 academy.

“They have done extremely well and we’re all proud of them. The lads now have something to build on and it’s up to them to get in front of the manager and show what they can do.”


Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough delighed to sort contracts for three more youth players
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Wednesday 5th May 2021

Having blooded several young players in recent weeks and signing three of the U18s on their first professional contracts this week, Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough is delighted to see the club starting to produce its own once more.

Stags have had huge success with their youth policy in the past but have produced less players in recent years who have gone on to star for the club.

After sorting deals for 18-year-olds Ethan Hill, Nathan Caine and George Cooper, Clough said: “It's absolutely vital for most clubs, but especially clubs like ourselves to produce our own players.

“You can see some of the youngsters coming through now and getting in the first team in League Two.

read more at https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-manager-nigel-clough-delighed-to-sort-contracts-for-three-more-youth-players-3225729

“It would be nice in the next 12 months if those three are doing the same.

“They will be between us and the Academy next season and will certainly be training with the first team some of the time as they have been this season and gaining experience that way.

“But it's great when you can take two or three from the U18s and put them on professional contracts.

“There has to be a degree of patience if they've not done it in the first year at 20/21.

“So it's taking a bit of time and there will be some loan moves involved where they go to lower leagues and get some experience like that. I think that's a very important part of their development.”


nathan caine @nathancaine3

Delighted to have signed my first professional contract @mansfieldtownfc The hard work starts now, this is just the start

George Cooper @georgecooper25

Delighted to have signed my first professional contract @mansfieldtownfc the journey continues

Ethan Hill @EthanHi76082447

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