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21st July 2022 22:47

Stags land Forest defender on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 16th July 2022

Mansfield Town are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Nottingham Forest defender Riley Harbottle on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old captained Forest’s under-23s’ side last campaign in Premier League 2 and made his first team debut for the Reds in the EFL Cup against Bradford City in August 2021.

The centre-back has attracted a lot of interest this summer and joins the Stags after travelling to Spain for a pre-season training camp with his Premier League parent club earlier this month.


Manager Nigel Clough said: “Riley was the second player, along with Will Swan, who we wanted from Nottingham Forest, so we’re very pleased to finally complete the deal

“Riley had a few other options in League Two so we’re delighted he’s chosen to be with us for the forthcoming season.

“We need some defensive competition and he’ll provide that for us.

“We have Elliott Hewitt and James Perch out today so Riley will start in today’s friendly against Rotherham United.

“He has some experience in the conference with Wealdstone in 2021 so this will be his first loan experience in the Football League.”



Forest centre back and U23s captain Riley Harbottle is to join Mansfield Town on loan for the 2022/23 season.

The 21-year-old defender recently signed a new two-year contract with The Reds, having joined the club at foundation stage, and he joins Forest teammate Will Swan at the Sky Bet League Two side.

Harbottle made his first team debut for The Reds against Bradford City in the first round of the Carabao Cup last season, as well as starting in the next round against Premier League side Wolves.

The central defender was also a key player for Andy Reid’s Under 23s side as The Reds qualified for the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off semi-finals having finished fourth in their first season as a Category One outfit.

The club wishes Riley the very best during his loan spell at Field Mill.


New defender explains reasons for joining Stags
mansfieldtown.net, Saturday 16th July 2022

Mansfield Town defender Riley Harbottle says that the manager and the quality of the training ground were two of the main attractions that brought him to the Stags, despite offers from other League Two clubs.

The 21-year-old defender signed on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest earlier today and played 75 minutes in the club’s 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham United earlier this afternoon.

Harbottle captained Forest’s under-23s side and made his debut for their first team last season in the EFL Cup against Bradford City in August 2021. The young defender is looking to gain more first team experience at One Call Stadium.


Speaking to iFollow Stags after today’s match with the Millers, Riley said: “I think the manager [was a huge attraction in signing for the club].

“Obviously the success he’s had and the portfolio he’s got [is clear to see].

“I went to the training ground to meet him on Thursday, and the training ground speaks for itself.

“I don’t think you’ll see a training ground like that in League Two.”

Speaking about his first outing in a Stags’ shirt, the youngster said: “I did well. I still think I have more to give.

“It’s just [about] getting used to the guys as I only came in yesterday.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get to train yesterday.

“I just went straight in today and thought I did okay.”

The Forest Academy graduate outlined his specific skillset.

“I’ll always give 100%, as you have probably seen today.

“I’ll give everything.

“I like to play as well as defend but most importantly I'm a defender so that is what I'll be doing.”

On his hopes and targets for the season, Riley said: “Personally, I want to make as many appearances and play in as many games as I can.

“But I want to be at the top end of the table.

“Like I said, with [regards to] the other clubs that came in [for me], I think this will be the best one for me to be pushing for promotion this year.”


Mansfield Town new boy Riley Harbottle delighted with debut after being thrown in at the deep end
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Saturday 16th July 2022

New signing Riley Harbottle was pleased with his excellent first appearance for Mansfield Town in today's 1-1 friendly draw with Rotherham United.

Despite not even having trained with his team mates and only signing earlier in the day, the promising young defender was an instant hit with fans as he began a season-long loan from neighbours Nottingham Forest.

“I am really happy to get a start here, get going and hit the ground running,” he smiled.

“It was good to get minutes in my tank.


“I think I did well, though I think I've got more to give.

“I need to get used to the guys. Obviously I only came in yesterday and unfortunately didn't even get to train.

“The lads have made it easy for me to come into the group. They are a good bunch and I know Swanny and Perchy (Will Swann and James Perch) already. That was another factor that drew me here.”

The deal was finally completed after weeks of talks.

“It has taken a while. I went away with the Forest first team and had a good pre-season out there with them,” he said.

“Interest was from Mansfield at the start. But then a few other teams came in. But I chose to come here and I want to do my best for Mansfield.

“Part of that was down to the manager and the success he has had - the portfolio he has got.

“I went to the training ground to meet him on Thursday and the training ground speaks for itself. I don't think you'll see another like that in League Two.

“It's close to home and also, hopefully, Forest will be able to come down and watch a few games.”

He added: “I will always give 100 per cent. I like to play as well as defend. But most importantly I am a defender. I can play anywhere along the back.

“I played on the right for Forest at Burton on Tuesday and in the middle last season. I don't mind where I play as long as I am playing.

“I want to play as many games as I can and I want to be playing at the top end of the table. From the clubs that came in I felt this would be the best one for me to be pushing for promotion this year.”



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