STAGS SIGN KEVAN HURST
Stags sign experienced midfielder
mansfieldtown.net, 29th June 2016
Manager Adam Murray has strengthened his midfield today by the signing of experienced midfielder Kevan Hurst.
Hurst has achieved success in League Two with Southend United, his former club, gaining promotion in 2015.
A highly fruitful four-year spell at Roots Hall saw the 30-year-old make over 150 appearances. In his first season at Southend, he recorded the highest number of assists in League Two.
Starting his career at Sheffield United, he was then bought by Scunthorpe for £200,000 in 2007.
After impressing at Glanford Park, Hurst was subject to a £100,000 move to then League One outfit Carlisle United before signing for Walsall and then Southend.
“I’m thrilled to be here,” said the 30-year-old, after putting pen to paper at One Call Stadium. “The gaffer (Adam Murray) and his staff have a real focus on the task in hand ahead of the new league season.”
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On the first two days of pre-season Hurst said: “It’s been very tough physically.
“I’m just looking forward to getting my fitness levels to where they need to be so I can be ready to provide for the team."
The signing is subject to Football League approval. Kevan's contract will commence on 01 July 2016.
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interview with Kevan Hurst on StagsPlayer:
"The first two years (of my spell at Southend) were quite successful and I did quite well, but the last two years have been quite difficult due to injury and loss of form and being out of the team. So it's a fresh start for me and I'm really looking forward it."
"I'm a winger-cum-central midfielder. I'm creative and I get my assists and I chip in with a few goals along the way."
(Asked what it takes to get out of this league): "When you get to that point and you've done so well and you're in and around the play-offs ... you need that focus, you need to re-focus. What we've been speaking about these past couple of days is getting everybody in that mentality, the belief that we can do it."
(Asked what he wants to get out of pre-season): "The sole purpose of pre-season is fitness. You need a base to build on. The lads are working hard and there's good fitness levels from the start, so I think we've got a decent base."
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