WALKER STAYS WHILE ELSNIK RETURNS TO DERBY
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Midfielder returns to Derby
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 15 Jan 2019, 10.00am
Midfielder Timi Elsnik has returned to his parent club Derby County following a four-and-a-half month loan spell at One Call Stadium.
The 20-year-old made 24 appearances for the Stags since his switch in late August, scoring four goals.
Manager David Flitcroft said: “By bringing in two quality signings in Jorge Grant and Nicky Ajose, we have to ensure we are balancing the numbers from a business point of view and as a consequence of that, Timi has had to return to Derby.
“I’ve worked with Timi previously [at Swindon] and he’s a player who I absolutely love working with. He absolutely committed himself to Mansfield Town and to everything I asked of him.
“He was well liked by the players and staff and I have nothing but respect for him over the two loans which I’ve had him for.
“I wish him every success for the future and he deserves all the success that comes his way.”
ELSNIK RETURNS FROM MANSFIELD LOAN
Tues 15 Jan 2019
Youngster Timi Max Elsnik has returned to Derby County from his loan spell at Sky Bet League 2 side Mansfield Town.
Midfielder Elsnik, 20, joined the Stags on a season-long loan deal back in August.
However, Mansfield have activated a clause within the agreement to terminate the loan spell during the January transfer window.
Elsnik made 24 appearances for Mansfield in total and scored on four occasions.
The Slovenian youth international has made three first-team appearances for Derby in total, all off the bench in the Carabao Cup, and spent last season on loan at League 2 side Swindon Town.
STORY FROM ONE YEAR LATER!!!:
January 30, 2020
Timi Elsnik says Derby County tried to force Mansfield Town into buying him
by Tom Thorogood
Former Derby County player Timi Elsnik spoke about his Pride Park experience to Loathed Strangers podcast and says the Rams tried selling him before his release.
The Slovenia international joined Derby in the summer of 2015.
After his first season in the academy, he won the Scholar of the Year award and penned a new three-year contract at Pride Park taking him up to the summer of 2019.
Elsnik enjoyed loan spells at Swindon Town, Mansfield Town and Northampton Town. The latter, however, came about after Derby seemingly tried to cash in on him.
The 21-year-old was enjoying a season-long loan at Mansfield when he claims the Rams tried to force the club to buy him six months prior to his contract expiration.
Elsnik: "I was supposed to stay at Mansfield for the whole season. It was a season-long loan and Derby had a recall option in January. They knew my contract was up in the summer and I will be able to leave for free. They didn’t want to offer me a new one and they tried to force Mansfield to buy me in January. Mansfield was like, ‘Hold up, he was supposed to be on loan for the whole season... Why would we pay for him now when we can get him for free in the summer?’ They had that disagreement and Derby called me back to the U23s. They saw that nobody would buy me as I would be available on a free in the summer so they thought, ‘We are losing money now to cover your wages so we’re just going to send you back out on loan’. And I ended up at Northampton."
The midfielder’s spell at Northampton didn’t quite go as well. Elsnik made just nine appearances (mostly as a substitute) before being released by Derby in the summer of 2019.
Derby’s behaviour was questionable. However, Elsnik points out that football is a business, and at Championship level every penny counts in the quest for promotion.
The former Derby academy star is now on the books of Olimpija back in his native Slovenia. He will hope a good spell there could prompt a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
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