STAGS SIGN WINGER ASHLEY HEMMINGS FROM DAGENHAM
Stags complete Hemmings signing
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd June 2016
We are delighted to announce the signing of former Dagenham & Redbridge winger Ashley Hemmings on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old becomes Adam Murray’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of striker Danny Rose and defender George Taft.
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Hemmings, a former England youth international, made 80 Football League appearances during a two-year spell with the Daggers, before leaving the club following their relegation last season.
The 5ft 8in winger came through the ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers and made his debut for his boyhood club in a 1-1 draw with Barnsley on the day Wolves won promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
Whilst with Wolves, Hemmings enjoyed loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle before signing a permanent deal for Walsall in 2012.
Hemmings made over 60 appearances for the Saddlers before leaving the Bescot Stadium at the end of the 2013/14 season to join Dagenham where he became a mainstay of their side during his two-year stint with the East London club.
After putting pen-to-paper at One Call Stadium this afternoon, Hemmings said he was ‘really excited’ to join Adam Murray’s side.
“I just wanted to come to a team that’s got its winning ways and carry on from last season and push even further this year,” Hemmings said.
“I came and met the gaffer and a couple more of the staff before I went on holiday and they sold me the club straight away - they made me feel good.
“When I went away, it was always on my mind that I wanted to get back and sign,” Hemmings added.
The deal is subject to Football League approval and will run from 01 July 2016.
Tricky winger ecstatic to be a Stag
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd June 2016
Winger Ashley Hemmings has expressed his delight at signing for Mansfield Town following the expiration of his contract at Dagenham & Redbridge.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Plymouth Argyle and Burton Albion man arrives at One Call Stadium after netting five goals in 47 appearances in the 2015-16 campaign for the Daggers.
Speaking about why he’s joined the Stags, Hemmings spoke candidly about what boss Adam Murray said to lure him to One Call Stadium and the versatile winger wants to repay the manager’s faith in him.
“He (Murray) told me that he’s been watching me for the last three seasons. He said he knows what I can do and that he wants to bring me into the team to do what I’ve been doing. From those words, it just shows that he’s got belief in me and obviously I just want to prove I can do everything he’s asked for," Hemmings said.
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“They (Mansfield) play attractive football. Every time I’ve come here [to One Call Stadium], even the fans have been supporting the team as well, throughout the whole game. I was very happy they were interested in me and I was definitely wanting to come here.”
Despite being part of the Dagenham squad that got relegated to the National League in the 2015-16 campaign, Hemmings feels he has benefitted from the overall experience, whilst also describing what Stags’ supporters can expect to see when they watch him play.
“I like to get the ball, take players on and get loads of crosses in for the strikers so I bring loads of assists into the game.
“I had ups and downs [last season] obviously, I think it made me into more of a stronger person being in that environment. That’s made me more positive because I never want to be fighting in the relegation [areas] again.”
Hemmings scored 12 goals in total in his two-year spell at Dagenham and he is targeting a better return in the future for Mansfield, and also says Stags’ left-back Mal Benning offered rave reviews about the club before he put pen-to-paper on a deal, as he knows the defender from their spell together at Walsall.
“I think this is a great team to come into and I feel like from the last couple of seasons that I’ve got better and I’ve known the game even more. I think the team and staff can push me even further now.
“Every game I go out hoping that I can score or assist - hopefully next season I can get double figures [for goals] and that’s what I’ll be aiming for.
“I spoke to Mal [before I came] and he told me it was a great place to be - I know Mal, he’s an honest lad so I took his word for it! It’s one of the best career moves I think I’ve made.”
Supporters can watch Ashley Hemmings’ full interview on Stags Player HD.
Ashley Hemmings: Mansfield Town sign ex-Dagenham & Redbridge winger
Ashley Hemmings scored 12 goals in 91 games during his two seasons with Dagenham and Redbridge
League Two side Mansfield Town have signed winger Ashley Hemmings following his release by Dagenham and Redbridge.
Hemmings scored five goals in 47 games in 2015-16 for Dagenham, who suffered relegation from League Two.
The 25-year-old started his career with Wolves, and had spells with five other clubs before joining the Daggers on a two-year deal in July 2014.
Details of the length of Hemmings' contract with the Stags have not been disclosed.
Murray keen to unlock Hemmings' potential
Boss Adam Murray believes the Stags have added 'that little bit of X-Factor' following yesterday's signing of winger Ashley Hemmings.
Our manager made Hemmings his third signing of the summer following the captures of defender George Taft and striker Danny Rose from Burton Albion and Bury, respectively.
And Murray is looking forward to coaching the versatile winger, who left Dagenham & Redbridge following their relegation to the National League last season, after watching the 25-year-old’s progress for some time.
“Ashley’s someone that we’ve had our eye on for a while now. I’ve always rated him, he’s got a lot of good attributes. He’s obviously been in a team [at Dagenham] that has found it tough in the last couple of seasons, but the individual ingredients that he brings are very strong and very promising,” Murray said.
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“I’m very excited about this one - he’s a winger that can play either side, [he’s] both footed and technically very good. [He’s got] great pace - very dynamic; he’s got goals in him. There’s a lot of potential there at a great age that we believe we can unlock.
“He’s got that little bit of guile, that little bit of ‘X-Factor’ that can open teams up and I believe in a good side, he’s going to be one hell of a player. We expect to win here and he’s going to have to get into that mindset which we believe he’s got inside him.
“He’s got hunger to kick on - he’s been a little bit stale the last few seasons and we believe we can get the best out of him. We believe in the final third he’ll offer a little bit of intelligence as well as the pace and delivery to get goals and create.”
Looking at the squad as a whole, the 34-year-old gaffer has revealed that he is closing in on more arrivals as he prepares for the 2016-17 campaign.
“The base is there, I think we’ve got a very good squad in place at the minute. We’re three [new players] from where we need to be, possibly four.
“Those deals are virtually done if I’m being honest, we’re just fine-tuning little bits and making sure we get the right value, player and character to come into the squad.
“We’re still looking in the forward areas, we probably want one more 'up there' - defensively, we probably want to bring one more in and then in wide areas, we’ll strengthen there as well.”
Murray has also provided an update on the ongoing situation with defender Ryan Tafazolli and winger Reggie Lambe, who are both considering deals from the club.
“The ball’s in their court - they’ve both got offers elsewhere. If I’m being totally honest, I think they’ll both move on, but that’s football. We’re happy with what we’ve done, we feel we’ve improved the squad so far.”
Supporters can watch Adam Murray’s news conference on Stags Player HD.
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