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9th January 2015 17:58

Junior Brown signs permanently for Stags
mansfieldtown.net, 7th January 2015

Versatile midfielder Junior Brown has signed on a permanent deal until the end of the season, the club are pleased to announce.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/junior-brown-signs-permanently-for-stags-2188706.aspx#MfkarxUwW8PQby6Q.99

The 25-year-old has impressed during five appearances since joining from Oxford United on an initial loan deal in late November.

He collected two sponsors' Man-of-the-Match awards in both home games in which he played.

Brown, who has played out on the wing and in an attacking-midfield role, has signed a deal until the end of the season, subject to clearance from the Football Association and Football League. The club also has an option to activate a clause to extend his contract, if necessary.

Manager Adam Murray said this afternoon: “After a lot of hard work, we have managed to secure the signature of Junior Brown.

“Over the past few weeks, I am sure that our fans will have seen what Junior ‘brings to the table.’

“He is a superb footballer with excellent ability and understands what it takes to be successful.”

On potential more acquisitions, the manager added: “Before this transfer window opened, my objective was to bring in a balance of Football League experience and nous, and also the energy and enthusiasm of youth. I am on course to doing that.”


John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Another two quality additions to the squad today in Junior Brown on a permanent deal and midfielder Ricky Ravenhill #stags #mansfield

Sarah Clapson @Sarah_Clapson (Nottingham Post)
No stopping Adam Murray. Junior Brown signed up until end of the season, with an option in club's favour. Doing some good business in window


Brown sets personal targets
mansfieldtown.net, 8th January 2015

Winger keen to achieve more after agreeing move to One Call Stadium.

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Winger Junior Brown says he is delighted to have signed a permanent deal with us following a successful loan spell, but is now aiming towards earning a longer-term deal in the summer.

The 24-year-old agreed terms on a six-month contract yesterday, having shone whilst on loan from Sky Bet League Two rivals Oxford United over then past month.

Brown won two ‘Man of the Match’ awards in his two outings at One Call Stadium and was on the score-sheet in our Boxing Day draw with Hartlepool United.

Speaking at this morning’s press meeting, the winger said: “This is something that’s been ongoing for the past couple of weeks, but I’m glad to get it all sorted. I can now get cracking on with the rest of the season and see where it takes us.

“It was a difficult time I had at Oxford with a lack of games, which was why I was chomping at the bit to come here and get games under my belt.

“I think I’ve done quite well since I came here. It’s been exciting, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I’m hoping that it will continue.”

He added: “[My six-month deal] is going to keep me focussed and bring out the best in me. I’ve got something to aim for and hopefully I can keep putting in good performances until the end of the season.”

Three new players have joined our squad since the transfer window opened last weekend and with more new faces still expected to arrive, Brown hopes our team can begin to climb the table.

“When you bring people in you want them to be as good as, or if not better, than what you’ve already got,” continued the wide man.

“They’ve got to be able to help in some way, whether it’s vocally on the pitch, or in terms of what they know about the game or how long they’ve been in the game.

“Obviously the players coming in have got quite a lot of experience so it’s going to provide a platform again for us to ‘kick on’ and help the younger lads in the dressing room improve, so it can only be to our advantage.”

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Brown aims to get career back on track after sealing Stags move

Junior Brown is excited to get his career back on track at Mansfield Town after making his loan move from Oxford United permanent this week.


“It has been ongoing the last couple of weeks and I am glad to get it all sorted. I can get on with things now,” said the pacey winger.

“It was a difficult time at Oxford with the lack of games, so I was champing at the bit when I came here. I think I’ve done quite well since I’ve been here. It’s been exciting and I am enjoying every minute of it. I hope that will continue.”

He has only been given until the end of the season, but feels the bid to extend that deal will force better performances out of him.

“It is a bonus for them and me and it’s going to keep me focused and bring out the best in me,” he said. “Hopefully I can keep on putting in good performances to the end of the season.

“We we have to focus on the job in hand which is getting points on the board.”

Brown may be joined by another former Oxford team mate this week as Stags try to complete a deal to bring Michael Raynes to the club.

“Michael is a good lad and a big character,” he said. “He talks well on and off the pitch. He is a big defender who attacks things and an honest player. He gives 110 per cent on and off the pitch and he is a good acquisition - a top lad.”

Stags have just had a two week break from action, which at least gave players a rare chance to enjoy New Year.

Brown said: “We have missed it. Playing so many games in quick succession and then to go without a game for such a long period was odd.

“I did quite enjoy kicking back on New Year’s Day and relaxing a bit and not having to get up early doors to play. We were also able to have a few drinks New Year’s Eve and it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to do that. So it did make a nice change.

“But it was also frustrating and now we are excited to get back out there on Saturday and get some points on the board.

“It will be difficult at Burton as they are riding high in the league. But I think we are heading in the right direction and we are capable of giving anyone a game.”



Junior Brown and Michael Raynes released by Oxford United
7 Jan 2014, by David Pritchard, Oxford Mail

JUNIOR Brown and Michael Raynes have left Oxford United by mutual consent.


Brown has agreed a permanent deal at Mansfield Town and is due to be joined at Field Mill by Raynes, whose switch is yet to be finalised.

It is a return to the Stags for Brown, who joined them on a temporary basis in November, scoring once in five appearances before the loan expired last weekend.

It was enough for Mansfield player-manager Adam Murray, a former U’s midfielder, to agree a transfer for the 25-year-old until the end of the season, with the club having the option to extend his stay.

Brown was one of Michael Appleton’s first signings for the U’s, agreeing a 12-month deal in July after Fleetwood Town terminated his contract.

He was a regular early in the season, starting eight of the first nine games, but quickly fell out of favour.

Brown was substituted before half-time in the 1-1 draw at Southend United in September and started just one more game for the club, the 5-1 defeat at Cambridge United a month later.

Raynes looked set for a move to Hartlepool United for the start of the transfer window, but it broke down late last week.

The 27-year-old was pushed down the pecking order following Chey Dunkley’s arrival in November and wanted to move closer to his family in Manchester.


Michael Raynes and Junior Brown set for Mansfield moves
7 Jan 2014, by David Pritchard, Oxford Mail

MICHAEL Raynes and Junior Brown are close to completing moves from Oxford United to Mansfield Town.


The Oxford Mail understands only the final paperwork is required for the pair to make the switch on free transfers, which it was hoped would be completed yesterday but has dragged into today.

Raynes almost joined Hartlepool United last week before the move fell through, but yesterday his agent tweeted the centre back was heading for Field Mill.

Brown is also on the verge of moving, after spending five weeks on loan at the Stags under player/manager Adam Murray, a former United midfielder.



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