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STAGS SIGN LEWIS PAGE
22nd November 2022 0:20


Stags land new left-back
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 16 Nov 2022

Mansfield Town are delighted to announce the signing of left-back Lewis Page on an initial one-month contract.

The 26-year-old joins the Stags after impressing in training at RH Academy - the club’s training ground - in recent weeks.

Lewis has Europa League experience from his time at Premier League outfit West Ham United, where he started his career.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2022/november/stags-land-new-left-back

He then signed for Cambridge United before enjoying spells at Coventry City and Charlton Athletic in League One.

After making 35 appearances for Exeter City during the 2021-22 season, Lewis made the same number of outings for Harrogate Town last term.

On the full-back’s move to Mansfield, boss Nigel Clough said: “Lewis has been training with us for the past couple of weeks or so. We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve seen.

“He has good pedigree and, most importantly, will give us much-needed cover and options down the left-hand side.

“He’s got a lovely sweet left foot. He’s played at this level before and has also played in League One.

“He can play left-back or left wing-back.

“The only reason Lewis was without a club was because he got injured last March. It’s taken him six months [to recover] with a foot injury but he’s fully recovered now.

“He’ll be in the squad [at Harrogate] but he’ll be involved more likely in the Notts County and Everton games in the coming weeks.

“It gives him the opportunity to get games under his belt and it also takes the pressure off Macca [Stephen McLaughlin] rushing back from injury.”

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Lewis Page told iFollow Stags:
"I'm happy to be back fit, and to join a big club like Mansfield is a big opportunity.
"I've been with the squad for the last 10 days in training and it's been a good time.
"I know Lapo from Charlton, I know Hawks a little bit, and Hiram is a London boy, I played against him loads of times as kids.
"I played three games in cup competitions for West Ham. Then I went out on loan to Cambridge and Coventry.
"I got a move to Charlton, but I had injury problems for a couple of years.
"I got a hamstring rupture at 21 which kept me out for quite a while.
"The last two years I've been at Exeter and Harrogate and it's been nice to play 35 games each season. A rebuild for me.
On his foot injury which he picked up at Harrogate: "I had the operation in July. It's finally sorted everything out and I feel fine now."
"I'm known for bombing up and down, getting good crosses into the box, and being pretty aggressive.

transcribed by Martin

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MUCH EARLIER STORY:
Lewis Page to leave Harrogate Town, but Simon Weaver says door is not fully closed on ex-West Ham United defender

18th May 2022, Harrogate Advertiser, By Rhys Howell

https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/sport/football/lewis-page-to-leave-harrogate-town-but-simon-weaver-says-door-is-not-fully-closed-on-ex-west-ham-united-defender-3699992

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver says the door is not fully closed on left-back Lewis Page.

The 25-year-old former West Ham United defender is one of eight out-of-contract players not to be offered a new deal by Harrogate and is set to leave Wetherby Road this summer.

But, having reluctantly decided against extending the stay of a man whom he described as “one of the best left-backs in League Two” earlier this year, Weaver isn’t completely ruling out the possibility of a reunion with Page.

“Lewis Page is someone who we really wanted to keep at the club,” the Town boss told the Harrogate Advertiser.

"I think he is a very good footballer. He is certainly more than talented enough to stay here, but he’s had a few unfortunate injuries this season and finished the season injured.

“We’ve got to be mindful of how many injuries he’s picked up in the last year. He’s been really unlucky, but this foot problem has dragged on and I didn’t want to be in the position where we are starting next season with our first-choice left-back carrying a knock.

“He is going to head back down south to where he lives, but what we have agreed with each other is that he doesn’t find a club down there or manage to sort out a move that he is happy with, then we’ll look at the situation again in the summer.

“If it gets to the stage in July where we haven’t managed to bring in a left-back, and we’re not going to snatch at that, and Pagey isn’t fixed up with something, then it’s possible that he could come back up here."

Page joined Harrogate from Exeter City last July and went on to make 35 appearances for the club, 28 of which came in League Two.

He scored one goal, a memorable free-kick that sealed a 3-1 derby triumph over Bradford City at Valley Parade in late February, but then went on to miss Town’s final 12 matches of the campaign due to a foot problem.

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