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19th June 2015 10:53

Stags seal the deal for striker
mansfieldtown.net, 12th June 2015

A League Two promotion-winner is the latest face in new-look squad.

Experienced striker Craig Westcarr has turned down several others clubs to buy into manager Adam Murray’s vision for Mansfield Town by putting pen-to-paper on a deal to become our ninth summer signing.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/stags-seal-the-deal-for-westcarr-2484376.aspx#fW8BpMxsLHkvliMv.99

The 30-year-old brings a wealth of experience to One Call Stadium and will join just a handful of players to appear for all three professional clubs in our region, having already featured for both Nottingham clubs during his career.

Westcarr has a track record of being proven at this level - netting 11 goals in 50 appearances for Notts County in 2009/10. Most recently he was with Sky Bet League Two rivals Portsmouth, for whom he made 33 appearances last term.

Our boss was pleased to tie up a deal for the striker, believing he will be a major hit next season.

“We've had to work very cleverly with this one, because obviously there's been a lot of interest in Craig," said Murray. “He's got a proven goalscoring record in League One and in this league and probably didn't have the season that he wished last year due to opportunities."

He added: "He's somebody that we're 'over the moon' to have in the building. He's technically excellent, quick, strong, very intelligent and he knows where the back of the net is."

Born in Nottingham, the striker began his career on the books of Nottingham Forest, where he featured on 26 occasions in all competitions for them.

He left the City Ground a decade ago and spent a season on the books of Cambridge United, then enjoyed a three-year spell at Kettering Town, during which he helped The Poppies to the Conference North title, before the club established themselves in the top flight of non-league football.

His displays brought admirers from a higher level and he moved to Notts County in June 2009.

A title winner during a Meadow Lane career which saw him rack up over 100 appearances, his next stop was Chesterfield - and he enjoyed yet more success at the Proact Stadium by scoring in stoppage-time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final win over Swindon Town at Wembley.

Following a year-and-a-half with the Spireites, he moved to Walsall in January 2013, before arriving at Portsmouth last summer after bagging 22 goals in 72 appearances for Dean Smith’s men.


Westcarr: This is a good club
mansfieldtown.net, 12th June 2015

Striker hoping to play his part in successful season.

New signing Craig Westcarr believes he has arrived at a good club in Mansfield Town.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/westcarr-this-is-a-good-club-2488993.aspx#g3ABlRsRPFHvuPKr.99

The 30-year-old, formerly of Portsmouth, put pen-to-paper on a contract earlier today - becoming our ninth summer signing after others such as Matt Green, Chris Beardsley, Lee Collins and Adam Chapman all agreed terms.

With our squad nicely taking shape nicely, and other new faces still to be added, the Nottingham-born frontman believes that we are capable of having a good campaign in 2015/16.

“I had a chat with the new manager at Portsmouth (Paul Cook) and it wasn’t going to work out there, so I came here and the manager told me what he wants and what his outline is for the season,” explained Westcarr about how his move to One Call Stadium came about.

“I was quite impressed. I know this is a good club from coming here and watching games and stuff. With the players that we’re going to sign, hopefully we can have a good push for promotion.

“My aims are to work hard, score goals and have a better season than last season.”

Primarily a striker, Westcarr boasts versatility as he can also operate out wide if required to do so. Describing his playing style, he continued: “I’m just hard-working. I like to score goals and set up goals.

“Obviously I prefer to play up top, but I’m comfortable playing in any position. If the manager needs to put me out wide to do a job then I’m more than happy to do it.”

A title winner at this level during his days at local rivals Notts County, Westcarr believes the key to being successful all comes down to consistency.

“You’ve just got to be consistent in this league,” added the striker. ”If you get two or three wins, you’re up there fighting for the play-offs or the league title. So [being successful] is about consistency, believing in what you’re playing and sticking to that.”


portsmouthfc.co.uk, 12th June 2015

Striker signs for Mansfield

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Craig Westcarr has agreed to leave Pompey by mutual consent.

Read more at http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/news/article/craig-westcarr-leaves-pompey-and-signs-for-mansfield-town-2491363.aspx#fZPkSdcjBU9h0LsS.99

The 30-year-old striker has now signed for fellow League Two side Mansfield.

We would like to thank Craig for his services to Pompey and wish him well with his new club.



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