KNOWLES JOINS NOTTS CO ON SEASON LOAN
Young striker loaned out
mansfieldtown.net, Thursday 10th September 2020
Young striker Jimmy Knowles has joined Notts County on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old has made nine appearances in total for the amber and blue, netting on two occasions, once in Sky Bet League Two.
The forward burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 2019, scoring four goals in a Central League match against Port Vale reserves.
Manager Graham Coughlan said: “Jimmy’s asked to go out on loan and I think it’s a great loan move for him.
“Loan moves like this don’t come around too often and Jimmy is an exciting prospect and good character.
“I think going to a club like that, we can obviously keep a close eye on him, and it’s a great loan move for him.
“Hopefully Jimmy can do well, score some goals and we can get him back amongst us ready for the first team.”
Coughlan told Jake Garner on BBC Radio Nottingham (video available on iFollow Stags), 10 Sept 2020:
"It's a season long loan but there's a call back on it."
Graham Coughlan tells Radio Nottingham (video on iFollow Stags), 15 Sept 2020:
"The ideal would be to get him (Josh Scott) a little loan spell. Jimmy Knowles has popped out to Notts County, so we could see how Jimmy gets on and take Jimmy back in December, and then send Josh out so we don't have them all out at the same time. We've had one or two clubs inquire about Josh aleady."
Mansfield Town teenager Jimmy Knowles joins Notts County on loan
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Thursday 10th September 2020
Mansfield Town teenager Jimmy Knowles has joined Notts County on a season-long loan - with Stags boss Graham Coughlan labelling the move a 'tremendous' opportunity for the youngster.
The 18-year-old has linked up with the Magpies looking for game time, although Town do have the option to recall him.
Manager Coughlan admitted that first-team opportunities may be limited at the One Call Stadium for the young forward - who has scored once in five first-team outings - and the chance of regular football was the best option for Knowles' development.
"He's a kid that's got talent and ability, but he probably wasn't going to push his career on by sitting in the 23s or by being in training around the players," Coughlan said.
"He needed games and we couldn't guarantee him enough game time.
"It's great he's got this opportunity. It's a really positive loan and hope he does himself justice."
Despite the rivalry between the two clubs, Coughlan is adamant that Meadow Lane is the perfect place for Knowles to hone his skills.
"I know they're our neighbours and there's a little bit of rivalry, but I think it's a great loan for the lad," he said.
"If you could handpick a loan for Jimmy you couldn't have handpicked that one any better.
"He wants to play. He needs game time to help his development, to help him mature, to help him learn. This is a tremendous loan."
County will kick off their National League campaign on October 3 while Town's League Two season begins on Saturday with the arrival of Tranmere Rovers.
Jimmy joins on loan
We’ve bolstered our forward ranks with the loan signing of Mansfield Town’s Jimmy Knowles.
The promising 18-year-old will spend the 2020-21 season at Meadow Lane, providing competition for Kyle Wootton, Wes Thomas and Elisha Sam.
And the youngster is looking forward to showing what he can do in a black-and-white shirt.
"I wanted to have a season here where I could settle in and start playing regularly," said Knowles. "I think that will help me develop.
"The manager's made me feel welcome and I like the way he wants to play football.
"I've got a lot of energy - I'll press defences and force them into mistakes. I like to run in behind but I don't mind receiving the ball to feet and playing one-twos with the midfield and strikers.
"I've still got plenty of time to get to know the players and get used to the system the manager wants to play. By the time the season starts I think we'll all be ready as a team to push for promotion."
Neal Ardley added: "When we brought in Elisha, we looked at what we wanted from our fourth striker and knew we were looking for a younger one, be it a signing or a loan, who had a freshness and energy.
"Jimmy's quick, athletic and runs really hard. He's 18 so there are things he needs to work on but he'll complement Kyle, Elisha and Wes."
Knowles broke into the Stags’ first-team circles after notching four goals in a reserves match against Port Vale in March 2019 and went on to make eight senior appearances last season, scoring against Crewe in the EFL Trophy and Oldham in League Two.
He turned out for Mansfield in their Trophy tie against Manchester City earlier this week and is now set to compete for a starting berth at Meadow Lane.
Notts County manager Neal Ardley seals deal for Mansfield Town forward Jimmy Knowles
nottinghampost.com, By Leigh Curtis, 10 SEP 2020
Notts County have completed the signing of highly-rated teenage Mansfield Town striker Jimmy Knowles.
The 18-year-old has moved to Meadow Lane on a season-long loan deal and he is now set to head straight into the Notts squad which faces Alfreton in the second pre-season friendly of the summer this weekend.
The striker is the club's seventh summer signing and that is set to be followed by another arrival later this afternoon.
Knowles has made five appearances for Mansfield, scoring one goal which came in a crushing 6-1 win over Oldham Athletic.
He was initially called up to the Stags' first-team squad by previous manager David Flitcroft last year after scoring four goals in a reserve win over Port Vale in March 2019.
That prompted the club to hand him a two-year professional deal three months later.
Notts boss Neal Ardley has been eager to recruit another centre forward after seeing Kristian Dennis leave the club to join St Mirren in the summer, while Scott Wilson's contract was not renewed.
The club has brought in Elisha Sam to supplement the forward pair of Kyle Wootton and Wes Thomas, but Ardley is keen to have four strikers on the books.
Knowles' arrival means that quartet is now complete.