STAGS SIGN MAREK STECH AFTER RELEASE BY LUTON
Stags land experienced goalkeeper
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 29 June 2020
Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the signing of former Luton Town goalkeeper Marek Štěch on a two-year contract.
The 6ft 5in stopper played a crucial role in the Hatters’ promotion to League One in 2017-18, a season in which he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
In the same campaign, the former West Ham United goalkeeper kept 15 clean sheets in 42 appearances.
Previously, the 30-year-old enjoyed a year three spell with Sparta Prague, which included winning the Czech Supercup.
Štěch, who has one full cap and 12 at under-21 level for the Czech Republic, earned his first promotion in England with Yeovil Town, helping the Glovers to promotion from League One and later playing in the Championship.
“Marek is a top goalkeeper who has presence, stature and a great pedigree,” manager Graham Coughlan told http://www.mansfieldtown.net.
“I’ve been chasing him for 12 months, so to finally land him is a big relief.
“Obviously, being promoted with his previous club shows the experience that he has amassed.
“Along with our goalkeeping coach, Seamus McDonagh, they will drive the goalkeeping department and help our younger goalkeepers grow and develop.”
Marek Stech @Stechy100
New chapter New challenge - can’t wait to get started @mansfieldtownfc
hello Hatters I can’t thank you all enough for your amazing support over my 3 years at @ltfc_official @lutonnewsltfc
Thank you to all my team mates, all the staff and the amazing supporters
John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
A solid, reliable goalkeeper is the foundation of any successful team.
Standing at 6ft 5in, Marek is experienced, has promotions from League Two and League One and is another notable signing as part of the squad we’re building.
Welcome to the #Mansfield family, Marek.
David Sharpe @DavidSharpe91
Delighted to get this done! Great to have you with us @Stechy100!
Note - there was no interview with Stech, as he flew to Prague straight after signing.
INTERVIEW MUCH LATER, AFTER RETURNING FROM 3 WEEK HOLIDAY IN PRAGUE:
Wed 05 Aug 2020
Marek Stech says Mansfield Town deserve to be a League One club
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill
The former Luton Town keeper joined Stags in a two-year deal in the summer and is determined to add another promotion to his CV.
The 6ft 5 in Czech was a key man in the Hatters’ promotion in the 2017/18 season after he kept 15 clean sheets in 42 appearances.
“This is a League One/Championship club and this club deserves something more and not to be League Two,” he said.
"The boss showed me around, told me what he wants to achieve and where the club should be and that was really key for me in joining.
“It is an absolutely magnificent training ground, the stadium is lovely and it is a great set-up.
“We have got six weeks to prepare for the best and I'm really looking forward to it and I am up for the challenge.
“My targets are always high, I want to stay fit and play every game. I want to be the best I can every day.
“The target is to go up, that is the main target for me and the reason why I have come to the club.
“We deserve more than mid table. Mansfield have been unlucky for the last three years, so hopefully we have the players that are good enough this season to get promoted.”
The move comes seven months after Mansfield tried to sign Stech on loan in the January transfer window.
“Mansfield wanted to take me on loan in January but one of our keepers got injured so I couldn’t go,” he added.
“I wanted to come here in January, so I am glad to be here now. It is a really nice environment to work in which makes it a nice place to be.
“When I come to Mansfield the fans always make it a difficult place to play so I'm really looking forward to playing with Mansfild and having them on my side.
But Stech faces a bit of a wait before he gets to perform in front of the fans with the League Two season set to kick off behind closed doors.
“It is a big difference without fans, I have seen how it was played with no fans in Czech and then now with fans being back,” he said.
“Hopefully by the end of September/first week of October we will have fans.
“I would love to see fans at the football, we play for the fans. The club and the fans are most important.
“When they are not there you have to motivate yourself and each other.
“It will be similar to pre-season games behind closed doors, so this is a test and we will prepare for no fans so when we have the first game we will not be surprised.
“We would love to see them there as soon as possible. At the moment we just have to prepare and be sensible, we are all in the same boat.”
twitter John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Infectious passion for our club from our new goalkeeper
Ex-Hatter Stech signs up for Mansfield Town
By Mike Simmonds, Monday, 29th June 2020
Ex-Hatters goalkeeper Marek Štěch has wasted no time finding himself a new club, joining League Two Mansfield Town on a two-year contract this evening.
After arriving in the summer of 2017, the 30-year-old played a crucial role in Town's promotion to League One during the 2017-18 campaign, named in the PFA Team of the Year after keeping 15 clean sheets.
Stech, who played for West Ham and Sparta Prague, also winning one full cap for the Czech Republic, was released by Luton this morning, before being snapped up by the Stags just a few hours later.
FIVE PLAYERS TO LEAVE THE CLUB WHEN THEIR CONTRACTS END TOMORROW
Thank you Marek, Frankie, Donvervon, Jake and Lloyd for your service and good luck...
Monday, 29th June 2020
Luton Town Football Club would like to publicly thank five players who will leave the club as their current contracts come to an end tomorrow.
Departing Kenilworth Road immediately are goalkeeper Marek Stech, defenders Frankie Musonda, Donervon Daniels and Lloyd Jones, along with forward Jake Jervis.
Marek arrived from Sparta Prague in the summer of 2017 and became an instant fans’ favourite with some fantastic saves as the Hatters won promotion from League Two. He was named in the PFA team of the season, before helping the Town win the League One title last season. He departs having made 49 appearances in his three years as a Hatter.
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