STAGS SIGN GEORGE SHELVEY ON LOAN FROM NOTTM FOR
Forest keeper joins on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 25 June 2021
Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper George Shelvey from Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.
In recent seasons, the 19-year-old has been involved with the Reds’ first team squad in training and in their set-up on matchdays.
He was on the substitutes' bench for Forest's Emirates FA Cup tie at Chelsea last season before a short-term loan move to Truro City and made a number of appearances for the Southern League Premier Division South side before returning to The City Ground.
“George is a young goalkeeper with a lot of potential,” said Stags’ manager Nigel Clough.
“Seamus McDonagh, our goalkeeping coach, has worked with him before at Forest and speaks highly of him.
“Being involved day-in-day out with a good, League Two first team squad will only benefit his development.
“He’ll probably start out as a number two goalkeeper but we want him to really push for the number one spot.
“He’s not come to sit on the bench. He’ll have some games in the EFL Trophy and fixtures like that.”
Nigel Clough ... after signing young goalkeeper from Nottingham Forest
nottinghampost.com, Mon 28 June 2021
Clough: "I'm pleased to get George in. We've got two goalkeepers in on loan.
"It's an area we needed to address. We've got Nathan Bishop from Manchester United and George from Forest.
"They're two young goalkeepers, but I don't mind if they're good enough. It's a good experience for them."
SHELVEY JOINS MANSFIELD TOWN ON LOAN
Nottingham Forest goalkeeper George Shelvey has joined Mansfield Town on a season-long loan.
The 20 year-old joins The Stags seeking football league experience following a month’s loan spell at the end of last season at Wealdstone in the National League. Shelvey also enjoyed a loan stint at Truro City in the Southern League Premier Division South in the 2019-20 season.
The goalkeeper, who signed a professional contract earlier this year until 2023, has worked his way through the Forest academy system. He appeared frequently for the Under 18s and 23s and also has featured as an unused substitute for the first team.
George now joins former Forest favourite Nigel Clough for the duration of Mansfield’s 2021-22 season in League Two.
New Mansfield Town loanee George Shelvey believes he is part of the new breed of goalkeepers
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas
New Mansfield Town loanee George Shelvey believes he is one of the next generation of goalkeepers who are comfortable with the ball at their feet.
The 20-year-old Forest prospect already has a great relationship with Stags goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, who believes in his potential, and Shelvey can't wait to compete with Manchester United loanee Nathan Bishop for the No.1 jersey.
“I think I am technically gifted with my feet and with my head,” said Shelvey after signing on a season-long loan just a few days after Bishop did the same.
“I know how the game is going and how it's going to progress in the next 10 years and I feel like I am one of those keepers that are going to be there - the staple of those new keepers coming through.
“When I was growing up you had those keepers who can't kick a football. All they care about is if they can catch it and save it out the net, which is obviously important as well.
“But I can see it changing a lot in how goalkeepers need to use their feet and be a part of the XI instead of staying on their line and just trying to save the shot.”
On competing with Bishop, he said: “I think it's going to be a battle, but a very healthy battle.
“We have spoken to each other already. We are both going to come here and give our all. We will give our all to each other.
“Whoever comes out on top comes out on top. I think there's going to be a lot of games for both of us to play
“ I think we will come here and enjoy the experience together and help each other as much as we can.
“When the news came of both of us signing we followed each other on social media and had a little chat.
“We are both in the same boat of what we want out of this loan and in a similar situation with what we want from it. We know we can't get what we want from it without the other people in your boat.”
Shelvey has already worked with Stags coach McDonagh.
“I know Seamus quite well. He was at Forest with us and we grew fond of each other,” he said.
“I think he likes me and I really like the way he teaches.
“He has a big opinion on me which is good as he has been in the game a long time.
“I think he likes the way I play and the confident way I am off the pitch as well as on it. I know what I can do and I think he likes that a lot.”
Coming from Forest, Shelvey can't wait to work with Mansfield manager Nigel Clough too.
“I have heard great things about Nigel Clough,” he said.
“Obviously being from Forest everyone knows Brian Clough and everyone knows Nigel as well.
“Just coming in here and getting some words of wisdom every now and again and hearing his stories will be a brilliant experience.
“This is going to a massive challenge for me and I can't wait to get started.”
With Bishop doing his pre-season at Old Trafford, Shelvey looks set to play in most of Stags' pre-season games and said: “I have just got to show what I can do and set the bar very high for when Nathan comes in.
“Then we can work together on the training pitch. I am excited to play and get to know the lads really well.”
He added: “I want to play. Everyone wants to play. That's my target. I want to get a lot of game time and go back to Forest and ask what's next?”
On the move to Mansfield, Shelvey said: “I am really excited to be. It's a massive club.
“I have been around these areas since I was a child and come to watch games here, so I can't wait to get going.
“I have been at Forest since I was seven years old so new scenery for me is really good and a new challenge awaits me.
“Forest is a massive club who want the best for their players and I think this is the right move for me at this moment in time.
“I have gone through the ages quite rapidly at Forest and signed contracts. I have enjoyed my time being there.”
With Forest's recent revolving door of managers, Shelvey has found it hard to be noticed.
“I have been really close to breaking into the first team squad,” he said.
“But there have been a lot of managers there which makes it hard to get yourself involved.
“Sometimes things happen, new managers come in, new players come in and you have to wait your turn.
“Patience is really important as a goalkeeper and I think this move is just going to add to the list of things that are positives for me.”
He added: “Just being in that Monday to Friday environment means something.
“You've got that game on Saturday that means so much for the fans. It's a lot different to playing U23s football or just sitting on the bench with the first team as you feel like you're just training.
“Now I am doing the Monday to Friday and seeing the challenge at the end of the week for the Saturday game. That's important to people and me as well so that's why I want this challenge.
“I want to meet new people and hear their opinions and just get my name out there.”
Shelvey gained some experience on loan at non-league Wealdstone.
“It was a brilliant experience,” he said.
“As a young keeper going into that environment I thought it would be a really hard challenge with knocks and bruises - which there were. “But I enjoyed every moment of it and I knew that after doing that I could come here and compete and do the job as well.
“I settled in quickly into that very busy scenario. You have to hit the ground running in those kind of leagues and here as well. I did and that had built my confidence a lot coming into this move.”
Nottingham Forest youngster sets out Reds ambition after securing loan move
Goalkeeper George Shelvey will spend the season with Mansfield Town on loan from the Reds
nottinghampost.com, By Sarah Clapson
Young goalkeeper George Shelvey hopes his loan move to Mansfield Town can be a “positive” step towards his aim of challenging for a place at Nottingham Forest.
After previous spells at non-league Wealdstone and Truro City, spending the upcoming campaign with the Stags will be the 20-year-old’s first taste of league football.
He has come through the ranks at the City Ground and although he has yet to make a first-team appearance, he has been around the senior squad for some time - including being an unused substitute against Chelsea in the FA Cup in January 2020.
And Shelvey is eager to get some more experience under his belt as he aims to one day make his mark with the Reds.
“A lot of managers have been there and it’s hard to get yourself involved in that,” the shot-stopper said of his time Trentside.
“I’d say I’ve been very close sometimes (to being involved with the first-team), but sometimes things happen - new managers come in and new players come in.
“You’ve just got to wait your turn. Patience is really important as a goalkeeper.
“I think this is just going to add to the list of things that are positive for me.
“Just being in that Monday to Friday environment means something. You’ve got a game on a Saturday that means so much to the fans.
“It’s a lot different to playing Under-23s football or sitting on the bench for the first-team, because you feel like you’re just training.
“Now, I’m doing that Monday to Friday (preparation) and seeing that challenge at the end of the week with a Saturday game - seeing how very important that is for other people, and me as well.
“That’s why I want this challenge.
“It’s a chance to meet new people and have opinions from new people, and get my name out there.
“I know I can do this at this club, because it’s such a big club.”
Nigel Doughty Academy graduate Shelvey has been a regular for Forest’s Under-23s and Under-18s.
Mansfield boss Nigel Clough has said he has been signed to push for the No.1 spot, battling with recently-arrived Manchester United loanee Nathan Bishop.
“I’m really excited to be here. It’s a massive club. I’ve been around this area since I was a child and have come to watch games here, so I’m really excited to be here and to get going,” Shelvey told the official website.
“I’ve been (at Forest) since I was seven years old, so I think having some new scenery is really good for me, and a new challenge.
“Forest is a massive club and they want the best for their players.
“I’ve gone through the ages quite rapidly and signed contracts. I’ve just enjoyed my time being there.
“I think this is the right move for me at this moment in time.”
And the youngster believes he joins the League Two club having been boosted by his stint at Wealdstone towards the end of the season just gone.
“It was a brilliant experience,” Shelvey said.
“Being a young keeper going into that environment, I thought it would be a really hard challenge with a lot of knocks and bruises, which there were.
“But I enjoyed every moment of it. I knew after doing that, I could come here and compete - and do the job here, as well.
“I think settling in so quickly into a busy scenario at Wealdstone gave me confidence.
“There was a lot to do and you’ve got to hit the ground running there.
“I think that’s what I did. It helped my confidence a lot going into this move.”
Not that Shelvey seems to be short on that front.
Asked how he would describe himself as a goalkeeper, he grinned: “I’d say I’m technically gifted, that’s what I say! Technically gifted with my feet and with my head.
“I know how the game’s going and how it’s going to progress in the next 10 years. I feel like I’m one of those keepers that are going to be there - like the staple for that new GK coming through.”
Comment by Martin: he played 5 games for Wealdstone at the end of last season. Essentially his only first team games at a reasonably senior level.
Conceded a lot of goals in those 5 games (16 goals), but the Wealdstone defence was extremely poor. Kept a clean sheet at Chesterfield though :-)