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Stags land new forward
mansfieldtown.net, 1 Feb 2024 5pm

Mansfield Town are delighted to announce the permanent signing of forward Tom Nichols from Gillingham.

The 30-year-old has signed an 18-month contract with the club.

Nichols began his career as an Academy graduate at Exeter City, where he went on to net 35 goals in 75 first team starts.


Following a successful start to his professional career at St James Park, the striker joined Peterborough United, playing 58 times and scoring a further 14 goals for The Posh.

In the summer of 2017, the attacker joined Bristol Rovers where he made 117 appearances for the Sky Bet League One side.

The frontman then landed a move to Sky Bet League Two outfit Crawley Town.

Nichols finished 2020-21 as the Red Devils’ Player of the Season. In March of the same campaign, the striker recorded the league’s Goal of the Month award for a strike against Tranmere Rovers.

Nichols notched 29 goals in 109 appearances at Crawley before being subject to a move to Gillingham in January 2023.

On his latest signing, manager Nigel Clough said: “Tom is a proven goalscorer and goal maker at this level and I’m sure our supporters will know him from doing well against us in the last few seasons.

“He is someone who we’ve been interested in for quite a while but never quite managed to secure until now.

“We think he’ll fit in very well with our style of play. He’s an intelligent player and can come off the strikers or play right up there.

“The most important part is that he wanted to come here, and we’re delighted to have him on board.”


Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Fri 2 Feb 2024

"We've been working on the Tom Nichols deal throughout the window. Evntually got it over the line a day or two ago.
"We needed a striker with Rhys Oates being out for 9 months.
"Tom is a player we've admired for quite some time.
"We've nearly signed him on one or two occasions as well.
"He's an intelligent player. He moves you around, he drops off a little bit, he can play right up there. For his size he's very good in the air. He scores a range of goals.
"I think the way we play as a team, I think we'll create chances for him."


Tom Nichols told iFollow Stags, Fri 2 Feb 2024

"The team are performing really well in the league. We played them at the Priestfield and they were one of the best sides to come there.
"It's a really good club that's ready for the next level.
"I've played with a few of the lads, Clarkey, Pymy and Alfie.
"Everyone speaks very highly of the place, there's Hawks and Lappo down at Gillingham as well, and they loved it when they were here. Everyone's got good things to say.
"I speak to Clarkey quite a lot, I've always been close friends with him.
"I'd say I'm a good link player, I like balls in the box, I like getting on the end of crosses.
"This team's got great service into the front so that will allow me to stay in the box a lot more and put away some of the chances.
"Creating chances is not an issue, that's good me, I'll be able to stay in between the sticks and put some of them away.
"I can score left foot, right foot and head, so always a positive."


Tom Nichols signs for Mansfield
gillinghamfootballclub.com, 1 Feb 2024 5pm

Striker signs for Mansfield on a permanent transfer.

Tom Nichols has completed a permanent transfer to Mansfield Town.

The 30-year old striker joined the Gills officially on New Year's Day of 2023 and went on to score nine times in 55 appearances in all competitions.

His last goal came against Salford City in a 3-1 win at Priestfield in November last year.

He joins a Mansfield side who are currently third in the Sky Bet League Two table, six points shy of Stockport who are top. Nichols could make his debut at home to Notts County this Saturday.

Tom has previously played for Exeter, Peterborough, Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town.


Everyone at Priestfield would like to thank Tom for his services and we wish him well for the future.


Tom Nichols has left Gillingham after a year at the club to sign a permanent deal with fellow League 2 side Mansfield Town
kentonline.co.uk, by Luke Cawdell

Tom Nichols is the second Gillingham striker to depart on transfer deadline day.

Nichols - who joined the Gills a year ago from Crawley Town - has now signed for Gills’ League 2 rivals Mansfield Town.

It’s been one out, one in since the January transfer window opened and head coach Stephen Clemence will no doubt be hoping he can complete another addition to replace Nichols before the window closes.

Clemence has managed to bring in forwards Josh Walker and Jorge Cabezas Hurtado on loan during the January transfer window with strikers Lewis Walker, Macauley Bonne and now Nichols all leaving. Gillingham are the lowest scorers in League 2 and their head coach hopes a reshuffle will change their fortunes.

In addition, the Gills have brought in crossing specialist Remeao Hutton as right-back Cheye Alexander agreed to terminate his contract.

The Gills have been linked with a move for Birmingham City striker Josh Andrews, who spent the first half of this season on loan at fellow League 2 side Accrington Stanley.

Mansfield have been keen on Nichols for some time, making a bid for the striker in the summer of 2022 while he was at Crawley and now they have their man.


The 30-year-old has spent the last year with the Gills but goals have been in short supply since his move for an undisclosed fee from Crawley Town. His move at the end of December 2022 was the first deal completed under new owner Brad Galinson.

Nichols’ performances during the second half of the 2022/23 season helped transform the club’s fortunes, as they quickly rose from the foot of League 2 and towards safety, and he had now problem finding the net in his first few games.

The striker scored in each of his first three appearances for Gillingham and added another three before the season was finished. Goals have been harder to come by this term, however, with just one to his name in the league.

He netted in the 3-1 win over Salford having also scored against Hereford in the FA Cup and Luton Town in the League Cup.

Nichols leaves Gillingham with a record of nine goals in 55 appearances.

He joins a Mansfield team who sit third in the League 2 table. Gillingham face The Stags in their penultimate league game, on April 20.


tomnichols_10 on instagram
Well my time at Gillingham has come to an end, when I joined a year ago we were bottom of the football league and I have really enjoyed my time here helping us get back up the table. A big thank you to everyone associated with the club I wish you all the best in the future @gfcofficial
Absolutely delighted to be joining @mansfieldtownfc


Tom Nichols' "wife-to-be" on instagram:
4 and a half years of being apart, and he's coming home.
It looks like 2024 really is the year all our dreams come true
PS. Seeeee ya M25 :-)


John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Delighted to welcome Tom Nichols to our club; an experienced, intelligent forward, who’ll be a great addition to our attack.


stats by Martin

Nichols has scored 10 league and cup goals in a season on 6 occasions

Last 3 seasons:
22/23 10 goals, 11 assists (46 apps)
21/22 10 goals, 4 assists (40 apps)
20/21 15 goals, 11 assists (46 apps)
61 goals or assists in 132 apps


Ali Maxwell verdict

Tom Nichols (CF) - [Gillingham - Mansfield] - Undisclosed

On the one hand, Nichols is one of the few genuine ‘deep-lying forwards’ to exist and survive in the modern EFL. Teddy Sheringham for the lower league crowd. Clever movement, excellent football IQ and the deft touch to knit things together in the final third. Something we can all get behind.

On the other hand, with Davis Keillor-Dunn already occupying the ‘diminutive, withdrawn striker’ role, it’s not instantly obvious whether Nichols’ value will expose itself. A goalscorer he is not: the only time he’s ever scored more than 10 non-penalty goals in a season was 2014/15. Perhaps he could play at the tip of a diamond, with Keillor-Dunn plus one? We shall see.



@GabSutton verdict

Tom Nichols is a nimble, creative forward with clever movement - quality player at this level.

My only hesitation is his main strengths are things you already get from the midfield, and maybe there's other attributes that might have been prioritized.



Head coach Stephen Clemence suggests more could be on the way out

Gillingham head coach Stephen Clemence admitted on Saturday that “one or two might go out the door” ahead of the transfer window closing.

Clemence had five senior players not involved at the weekend and he doesn’t want a massive squad. Some of those not involved will be free to leave.

With the Thursday deadline looming, the Gills might also be looking elsewhere to trim to current squad and make way for new arrivals.

Striker Tom Nichols was left out on Saturday - replaced in the squad by loan forward Josh Walker - and there has been speculation over his future all month. Winger Jayden Clarke has gradually faded from view too. Captain Shaun Williams isn’t getting a look-in but at 37 a move elsewhere might not appeal.


Clemence does have sympathy for those not involved and having to make quick decisions on their future.

“I can’t wait for the month to end, to be honest,” he said.

“It’s been a busy one, I am obviously still hopeful that something can still happen for us but it is a difficult month for the players as well, it is unfair on them, with some players who don’t feature.

“I like to be fair to players and I think if they are not featuring they only have one month to move on and go and get on with their careers, which is difficult for them. The ones that aren’t involved at the moment, I am hoping they can get sorted.”


Nigel Clough tells Notts TV, Wed 3 Aug 2022:

"Ideally we'd like another forward player.
"The owners put in a couple of substantial bids for strikers. We weren't successful."


Was one of them Tom Nichols?


Sources: Mansfield Town have bid accepted for Crawley Town star
the72.co.uk, BY LUKE PHELPS, 1 JULY 2022

Mansfield Town have had a bid accepted for Crawley Town striker Tom Nichols, The72 has learned.

Nichols, 28, featured 39 times for Crawley in League Two last season, scoring an impressive 10 goals whilst also grabbing four assists.


A product of the Exeter City academy, Nichols remains under contract at Crawley Town going into the 2022/23 campaign but The72 has learned that he is now close to signing for Mansfield Town.

The Stags finished in 7th place of the League Two table last season and reached the play-off final, but Nigel Clough’s side were beaten 3-0 by Port Vale at Wembley.

Now though, Mansfield look set to sign one of League Two’s hottest strikers from last season ahead of what could be another promotion push for the Nottinghamshire side.

A bid from Mansfield has been accepted and personal terms are now being negotiating.