RETAINED LIST: DANNY JOHNSON RELEASED
Mansfield Town confirm retained list
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 11th May 2023
Mansfield Town can confirm its retained list following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
Retained and under contract:
Contract discussions underway:
Riley Harbottle (Nottingham Forest)
Christy Pym (Peterborough United)
Will Swan (Nottingham Forest)
The club places on record its thanks to players now leaving One Call Stadium and wishes them well in their future career.
Striker pair leave Mansfield Town as retained list is announced
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Thur 11th May 2023
Strikers Danny Johnson and Jimmy Knowles have been released from the club as Mansfield Town today released their end of season retained list.
Johnson has been unable to force his way into the side since returning from a successful loan spell at Walsall while Knowles has seen almost every chance he has had of impressing wrecked by injury problems.
A spokesman said: “The club places on record its thanks to players now leaving One Call Stadium and wishes them well in their future career.”
There were no surprises on the list with Lucas Akins, Hiram Boateng, Jordan Bowery, Ollie Clarke, James Gale, Anthony Hartigan, Elliott Hewitt, Callum Johnson, Davis Keillor-Dunn, Alfie Kilgour, George Maris, Owen Mason, Stephen McLaughlin, Rhys Oates, John-Joe O’Toole and Louis Reed all retained and under contract.
Options have also been triggered to keep youngster Taylor Anderson and experienced back-up keeper Scott Flinders.
Contract discussions are underway with veteran pair James Perch and Stephen Quinn along with young defender George Cooper, and utility players Jason Law and Kieran Wallace.
Loan spells for Riley Harbottle and Will Swan (Nottingham Forest) and Christy Pym (Peterborough United) have expired so they return to their parent clubs though that does not rule out Stags making a summer move for any of them.
Boss Nigel Clough has said he may move for three new defenders with both Hewitt and Mclaughlin already injured for the start of next season.
Massive thank you to everyone involved at @mansfieldtownfc for this season! Especially to all the fans for your continuous support
Riley Harbottle @riley_harbottle
Thank you to everyone involved at @mansfieldtownfc. The players, staff and most importantly the fans have made my time at the club and created memories I’ll never forget.
Danny Johnson @Johnson11Danny
A season of two halves. A challenging one... Always keep smiling. A supportive wife and baby on the way. Roll on the next season
Jimmy Knowles @jimmy_K10
Thankyou to everyone at @mansfieldtownfc for the last 4 years. I’ve met some great people and made some unforgettable memories. Time to move on now and start a new chapter in my career
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough happy with retained list as he starts strengthening his squad
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas
With just strikers Danny Johnson and Jimmy Knowles released in Mansfield Town's retained list, boss Nigel Clough is delighted to have kept the majority of his squad for next season.
And he has already made contact with the players he believes can get Stags over the promotion line next time around.
“We were quite relaxed going into the summer as most of the squad are under contract,” he said.
“David (Sharpe CEO) has worked hard and you do a lot of your business throughout the season and make sure those you need are tied down on contracts, which they all are.
“Then it's just the others. Perchy (James Perch) and Quinny (Stephen Quinn) at 37 - we're not giving them three year contracts! But hopefully we can get something sorted for those two to stay around.
“Then we've got Kieran Wallace and Jason Law, who probably will really benefit from going and playing regular football somewhere. So we have left it an open, fluid situation with those two and we will keep chatting in the next few weeks.”
Lucas Akins, Hiram Boateng, Jordan Bowery, Ollie Clarke, James Gale, Anthony Hartigan, Elliott Hewitt, Callum Johnson, Davis Keillor-Dunn, Alfie Kilgour, George Maris, Owen Mason, Stephen McLaughlin, Rhys Oates, John-Joe O’Toole and Louis Reed were all retained under contract and options triggered to keep youngster Taylor Anderson and experienced back-up keeper Scott Flinders while talks continue with young defender George Cooper.
Loan spells for Riley Harbottle, Will Swan and Christy Pym have expired so they return to their parent clubs though that does not rule out Stags making a summer move for any of them.
“We have identified the players we want in the usual two lists we have,” said Clough.
“We are working on them and have already made contact with their agents and, where possible, their clubs as some are under contract and some aren't. So there is a bit of negotiating to do.
“It will be defenders in the main. That's where we have our injuries with Elliott Hewitt not back until well in the New Year and Macca (Stephen McLaughlin) missing the pre-season and start of the season. So we have to address that and it's made it a little bit more urgent and probably increased the recruitment numbers by one or two that we will need in that area.
“But we have conceded too many goals and we need to sort that out. If we do I don't think we'll be too far away. If there was another Alfie Kilgour out there we'd be looking for him.
“But we have identified our targets. We certainly need a left back coming in to challenge Macca. It was so difficult last season with him being so good the season before. You don't think he's going to miss over half the season.
“He contributed to nearly 20 goals that season but I think he's got one goal and one assist this season and been dogged by injury. He needs to get fit for September/October but we need someone to come in - and a centre half or two as well.
“We are okay in midfield really though if something crops up we'll look at it depending on Stephen Quinn's situation.
“But we have people like Louis Reed and Anthony Hartigan coming back onto the pitch now. I think people have forgotten about Anthony Hartigan. He was very good in the first half of the season but then needed his shoulder operation. It was lovely to see him back on the pitch at Colchester.
“Then you've got Louis Reed - it's two good footballers back on the pitch.
“Then we've got Hiram Boateng, Ollie Clarke, Quinny if he stays, George Maris - we're pretty okay in there.”
He continued: “Up front we would love Will Swan to return in some capacity. Add to that you've got Davis Keillor-Dunn, Lucas Akins, who has had a great season, Oatesy had been stop-start with injury, George Maris can go up there. And I think the emergence of James Gale encouraged us all as well
“It means we don't have to go out and get another young striker as, from what we've seen, he is as likely to get goals at this level as anybody. He has improved this season and I think he will improve further with a good pre-season under his belt.
“We've also got Jordan (Bowery) who has turned into Mr Utility Man for us and plays similar to what Lucas used to do for us at Burton in every position, filling in and has played a lot of games this season.”
On the loan players, he added: “We are hopeful but we have to wait until their respective clubs finish their seasons and find out which league they are going to be in as that may well affect their decisions and financially it may have an impact as well.
“So until Peterborough are done in the play-offs one or way or another and Forest secure their status then there is not an awful lot we can do.
“I don't think it does any harm to get two or three players in on loan. You can see the benefit we've had in the last couple of seasons. It's a good way of getting youngsters from Premier League clubs into the building.
“You can see how well Will Swan and Riley Harbottle have done and you can use it to get an experienced goalkeeper like Christy Pym in as well. It is absolutely vital for clubs in League Two and League One to be able to use the loan market.”
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