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Stags sell winger to Blackpool
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 22 July 2020

Winger CJ Hamilton has been sold to League One Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old made 173 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals, since signing in the summer of 2016.

Director of football David Sharpe said: “We spoke recently with CJ and his representative regarding his future.


“In those discussions, it was clear that CJ wasn’t going to commit his future to the club. With only a year left on his contract, and following many offers in recent weeks from Blackpool, we felt this transfer was in the best interests of Mansfield Town Football Club.

“CJ leaves One Call Stadium in good regard, with our best wishes and gratitude for his endeavours over the past four years.”


instagram CJ Hamilton cj_h22
Where do I start, I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Mansfield Town Fc from the owners John & Carolyn, to the managers past & present, the staff, the players & especially the fans. The decision to leave wasn’t easy but for me I think it’s personally the chance to go and play at a higher level to test myself. Il always be grateful to the club & for the opportunities it gave me. I’ve had some great experiences and made some great memories that il never forget. Wishing the club all the best in the future and il always be keeping an eye on the STAGS #22 #Yellows

twitter John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
You’ve been a credit to yourself and family, professionally and personally, since you walked into One Call Stadium four years ago.
Thank you for your efforts whilst with us and also for your kind words.
Wishing you every success in your career.


Blackpool Bring In Hamilton
Wed 22 July 2020

Blackpool Football Club is pleased to confirm the capture of CJ Hamilton from Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

The winger joins the Seasiders on a 3 year contract with the Club having an Option for a further year. Hamilton arrives at Bloomfield Road from the League Two outfit, where he made over 100 appearances across four seasons at the One Call Stadium.

Renowned for his blistering pace and having a keen eye for goal, Hamilton started out as a highly-rated prospect within Sheffield United’s Academy, before heading out on loan to gain valuable game time.

A permanent move to Mansfield followed in 2016, where the 25-year-old has since impressed, proving to be a real threat on the flanks, including finding the back of the net 14 times in the 2018/19 season, helping the Stags reach the League Two play-offs.

On signing for Blackpool, CJ Hamilton said:

“I’m really looking forward to the future here and I can’t wait to get started.

“I enjoyed my time at Mansfield, but after speaking to Neil Critchley I knew I wanted to come to Blackpool. The vision that the Owner, Board and Head Coach have for the Club is hugely exciting and I’m hopeful we can deliver the goods come the end of the season.”

Neil Critchley said:

“We’re delighted to welcome CJ to Blackpool, who we feel will bring a real energy to the team.

“His speed is a tremendous asset in the attacking third of the pitch and he is extremely versatile. He is someone who I’m really looking forward to working with and developing further.

“With the addition of CJ, I feel we are making good progress at this early stage of the season and I’m looking forward to seeing how this group of players develop in the coming weeks and months.”


Blackpool new boy can't wait to go on the attack
CJ Hamilton is convinced Neil Critchley’s attacking style will help him take his game to a new level at Blackpool.
By Andy Moore

The 25-year-old winger became the Seasiders’ fifth signing of the summer last Wednesday following four seasons spent with Mansfield Town.

The new arrival said head coach Critchley’s ambition and philosophy made the decision to join the club a straightforward one.

The Londoner told BBC Radio Lancashire: “It was a big decision but I think it was the right decision in my career path right now.

“The club (Mansfield) have done loads of things for me and I’ll always be grateful for that, but it’s time for me to move on and try my next thing.

“Neil Critchley told me about the ambition of the club and obviously trying to take the club to where they belong.

“The guy’s philosophy will suit my game and hopefully will show on the pitch.

“Everyone enjoys attacking football, from the fans to the players, and it’s obviously good for the club.

“It will bring healthy competition and you have to be at your best week in, week out.”

Now it’s about getting to know his new team-mates at the start of his three-year contract.

Hamilton added: “It’s good to get it done early because it gives you time to get to know everyone in the group.

“A long-term contract gives me more security to be happy and to go and enjoy my football.

“I’ve met some of the lads staying in the hotel, like (fellow new arrivals) Keshi Anderson and Jerry Yates.

“Jerry has the same representative as me, so I’ve heard big things about him and I’m looking forward to playing with him next season.

“The boys I’ve met have been so welcoming and I can tell it’s going to be a great group.”

Hamilton is also inspired by some of Blackpool’s famous names of the past as he recalls the team that graced the Premier League a decade ago.

He said: “Back in the day, seeing the big boys like DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam, it was crazy.

“You could see how big the club was back then and hopefully we can bring it somewhere close to that in the next couple of years.

“For any big club the first aim has to be promotion, then we’ll see where we can go from there.”


EARLIER STORIES (with two different figures for the fee):

Exclusive: Blackpool in advanced talks to sign Mansfield attacker
footballinsider247.com, By Wayne Veysey, 21st July 2020

Blackpool are in advanced talks to sign highly-rated winger Mansfield Town winger CJ Hamilton for a six-figure fee, Football Insider understands.

The 25-year-old forward has been one of the Stags’ standout performers since joining on a free transfer from Sheffield United back in 2016.

A source at Bloomfield Road has told Football Insider that the Tangerines are close to negotiating a £300,000 deal which would see the London-born attacker move up a division ahead of next season.


Hamilton has been a mainstay for Mansfield since joining the League Two outfit and has played 173 times for the club in a variety of roles.

Naturally a left-sided winger, he has featured all across the front line for the Stags, including as a centre-forward.

He played a total of 41 times across all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign and sat out just two league games before the League Two season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He netted two goals and contributed a further three assists for John Dempster’s men as they finished 21st in the table, 16 points ahead of relegated Stevenage.

Despite his average record over the past 12 months, Blackpool believe he can make the step up to League One and are close to agreeing terms which would see him swap Nottinghamshire for a place on the north-west coast.


twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko (The Sun)

Blackpool. Hamilton thing is right. But at around 200. Not more. Quick. Useful.