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21st June 2022 0:18

Stags make second summer signing
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 16 June 2022

Mansfield Town are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Hiram Boateng on a three-year deal.

The 26-year-old joins the Stags following the expiration of his contract at MK Dons.

A product of the Crystal Palace Academy, the London-born player won the club’s Academy Player of the Year in 2013-14 and Development Player of the Year in 2015-16.


Spells on loan at Crawley, Plymouth, Bristol Rovers and Northampton followed before he left the Eagles to join Exeter City on a permanent basis in 2017.

Boateng made 76 appearances in his two seasons in Devon and left to join MK Dons in Sky Bet League One.

In 2020, a loan spell at Cambridge United saw Boateng help steer the club into League One as he recorded 27 appearances for the U’s, who finished second in Sky Bet League Two.

Boateng’s spell at his previous club, MK Dons, saw him enjoy three seasons at Stadium MK, scoring five goals in 65 appearances.

His final appearance for the club came in a 1-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final second leg.

Speaking to iFollow Stags after putting pen to paper at the club, Boateng said: “I’m delighted to be here. I’m delighted to get it over the line, and I can’t wait to get going.

“The manager has really sold it [the move] to me and showed me the plans for where the club is trying to be.

“I think I’m the kind of player that can try and help get the club to where I feel like it belongs.

“I would say I’m a box-to-box midfield player, someone that’s going to give 100% all the time and give a lot of energy.

“I’m someone who knows the league well and knows what it takes to get out of this division which can be difficult.

“I want to be a part of a team that’s going to be successful and part of a team that’s winning.”


Boateng on squad number 44:
"Ollie Clarke has got number 8 already. That's my favourite number. 4 and 4 makes 8 so that's the only real reason."

"There's a few lads I know like Jordan Bowery, Ollie, John-Joe as well."

(from his spells at MKDons, Bristol Rovers, Northampton respectively)


New midfielder: I can’t wait to get going
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 16 June 2022

Mansfield Town’s second summer signing Hiram Boateng says he can’t wait to get going after signing on the dotted line at One Call Stadium.

The 26-year-old penned a three-year deal yesterday.

Appearing 37 times in all competitions during the 2021/22 campaign for MK Dons, Boateng helped the club to a play-off semi-final before parting ways this summer.


Aware of the progress that the Stags made last season, Boateng believes he can help Nigel Clough’s men go one step further in 2022/23.

Boateng told iFollow Stags: “I am at a good time in my career, getting a little bit older [and] having more experience under my belt.

“Knowing the league well, I am someone who knows what it takes to get out of this division.

“I can bring a calming presence to the side.

“I want to fight for my place in the team and do well from then on.

“[I’m] Buzzing to get to know the lads.”

Boateng lauded manager Nigel Clough after encouraging conversations with the Stags’ boss.

“The way in which he [Nigel] wants to play and control the ball suits my playing style.

“He is ambitious and hungry to achieve [more] things within the game.

“I know he has got a lot of qualities as a manager; I’ve only heard good things.

“I can’t wait to start working with him and get going.”

When asked about previous experiences playing against Mansfield, the club’s new number 44 said: “It has always been a tough game, [with the Stags] always having good sides.

“The [Mansfield] fans - they really get behind the side.

“[One Call Stadium is] Somewhere where you can come and feel intimidated [as an opposition player].

“Hopefully, we are going to have that [passionate] support throughout the season.

“We are going to need it if we are going to achieve something.”

After completing a medical at RH Academy on Wednesday morning, Boateng praised the club’s training facilities.

“They are great,” he said.

“[It’s] Definitely a good place to go into work every day.

“Seeing the pitches, and how good they are, has got me excited.”

When asked to describe his play style, Boateng said: “I’m a box-to-box midfield player, someone that’s going to give 100% all the time and give a lot of energy.

“Last season I popped up with a few goals [which is] something that I needed to add to my game.”


Let’s use Wembley heartbreak as fuel for glory says new Mansfield Town signing Hiram Boateng
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas

New Mansfield Town midfielder Hiram Boateng is hoping Stags can use last season's Wembley heartbreak as fuel to go one step further and secure promotion.

And the 26-year-old believes his experience can be a vital part of that after dropping a division from League One MK Dons.

“I have seen what the club's been building and what they've been trying to do over the last few seasons, getting so close last season,” he said.

“It is an exciting time for the club. I know last season wasn't the way the club wanted it to end, but we can really take that on and use it as fuel to try to be successful.


“I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to get going.”

Boateng could have stayed in a higher division, but said: “Now is a good time in my career to do this.

“I have obviously got a bit older now and have more experience under my belt. I know what it takes to get out of this division, which can be a sticky one to get out of at times.

“So hopefully my knowledge and experience will bring a calming presence to the side.

“I want to fight for a place in the team and do well thereon.”

Boateng also can't wait to work under manager Nigel Clough.

“The gaffer has let me know his style of play - the way he wants to control the ball, which I think will suit my playing style.

“He is still ambitious and hungry to achieve things in the game and I know he's got a lot of quality as a manager.

“I have only heard good things about him, so I can't wait to start work with him.”

He was also impressed with his first trip to the RH Academy training ground.

“The facilities are great,” he said. “To see where you go into work every day is important, and you want to enjoy where you're going.

“So just seeing how many pitches there are and how good they are already at this stage has got me excited. It will definitely be a good place to go into work every day.”

Boateng has scored some spectacular goals in recent seasons but admits he would love to add a few tap-ins to his tally too.

“I am a box to box midfielder and last season I popped up with a few goals as well, which was something I needed to add to my game,” he said.

“But getting some easier goals is something I want to get into my game too.

“If I can get a few tap-ins then that's how you can increase your tally. It's just about knowing where to be and being in the right place and timing it.

“Hopefully that's something the staff and manager can help me with this season as we're going to need everyone chipping in with goal contributions.

“I always set personal targets for myself and I always want to build on previous seasons and have a better one the next season. But I quietly keep them to myself.

“The main aim is to be successful for the side and create a real winning ethos and work ethic among the players and just try to hit the ground running.”

He added: “I am buzzing to get to know the boys, getting in amongst it, and showing what I can do.

“There are a few lads I know here already like Jordan Bowery, Ollie Clarke and John-Joe O'Toole.

“I can be quiet at times. But once you get to know me I have got a good personality and I am someone that wants to help try to lead the team.

“My confidence will show when I am on the pitch. That's where I want to do my talking.”

Boateng started out his career at Crystal Palace and said: “Being at Palace has helped me massively, but that is not the only place where I have learned a lot along the way.

“All the clubs I have been at have taught me different things. But Palace gave me the start to my football journey and I will always be thankful to the people there - the coaches and staff.

“Now I am just looking forward and ahead and hoping that I can be successful here. I will give my all for the team.”

He added: “It's always been a tough game when I have played here. Mansfield have always had good sides and the fans really get behind them.

“It's somewhere you can come and feel intimidated by the fans. Hopefully we will have that kind of support through the season as we're going to need it if we want to achieve something.”

Boateng will wear the No. 44 shirt and said: “I have some good spells in that number.

“I am not really that big on superstitions, it's just a number I have taken a liking to and done well in it.

“Ollie Clarke has got number eight already. That is probably my favourite number so four an four is eight - that's the only reason!”​​​​​​


David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Welcome to the stags @HBoateng8, great to have you with us!! A very important piece of business.