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18th August 2022 19:18

Exclusive: Could this League Two club be considering breaking their agreement?
Real EFL Exclusive, August 14, 2022, by Ryan Whelan

Mansfield Town and Walsall are two clubs with ambitions of playing League One football next year. Michael Flynn has so far added 16 signings to his Bank’s Stadium squad, whilst Mansfield have so far brought in six players into a squad that ended the 21/22 campaign with a playoff defeat to Port Vale at Wembley.

With both club’s ambitions to be competing at the top end of the table, more than a few eyebrows were raised when 29 year old centre forward Danny Johnson was allowed to leave on loan to the West Midlands club. However on 23rd July 2022 the two clubs confirmed a 6 month loan deal between the two club’s.

Why was this allowed to happen?

The Mansfield hierarchy were not not impressed with Johnson’s poor goal return in the 21/22 season and we’re happy to allow him to leave should a permanent offer come in for the player. Walsall contacted representatives to declare their interest in the player on a permanent basis however all 3 parties had their reservations regarding the deal.

Mansfield felt that selling him to a League rival could end up a mistake that could end up costing them in the long run. Danny Johnson accepted his time at Mansfield hadn’t gone to plan but wanted to assess Walsall’s ambitions before choosing to join the club permanently. Walsall accepted it was a risk with such a low return the year before but Michael Flynn believed the player had what it took to spearhead his attack. With the amount of signings already agreed and in the works at that particular time it was suggested they take him on an initial six month loan but with a “gentleman’s agreement” on a transfer and fee in January. A fee was agreed with Mansfield for the winter window and the club’s signed the paperwork allowing Danny to leave on loan.

Walsall were left delighted with his start to the season returning 5 goals in the opening 4 games rediscovering his Leyton Orient form. They believe that their foresight to make a gentleman’s agreement with Mansfield would pay off allowing them to tie him to the club permanently on the expiry of his loan. However senior figures at Mansfield are now having doubts, if he continues the form he is showing there is belief that Danny could be sold for a much higher fee or be of use in Mansfield’s own promotion campaign. The club are now considering informing Walsall that they have no intention of honouring that agreement and that the player will return to Field Mill as signed as part of the loan deal.

Walsall are yet to be made aware of the change in mood towards the deal and are planning for the player to be part of the squad for the rest of the season.

Are Mansfield right for backing out of the deal?




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