STAGS SIGN GEORGE LAPSLIE ON LOAN FROM CHARLTON
Stags strengthen midfield with new signing
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 15th October 2020
We are delighted to announce the signing of Charlton Athletic midfielder George Lapslie on loan until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old joined the Addicks in 2009 and quickly progressed through the youth ranks at the club.
In 2017, Lapslie scored on his professional debut for Charlton in an EFL Trophy tie against Crawley Town.
The midfielder has made over 50 appearances for his current club, most of which coming in the Championship and League One.
Lapslie found the net in one of his ten Championship appearances last term, in a 3-1 win over Luton Town in February 2020.
He also won Charlton’s Young Player of the Year award in the 2018/19 campaign.
Manager Graham Coughlan said: "George has Championship experience and he's a bundle of energy, with quality on the ball.
"He will add competition for places in the middle of the park and I'm looking forward to working with him."
Lapslie said: "I run very hard and I'll give everything I've got. Hopefully I can add some quality to the final third.
"The gaffer [Graham Coughlan] wants me to play in a higher midfield role, and he's expecting assists and goals."
Coughlan told iFollow Stags prior to the Bradford game:
"We've lost Ollie Clarke for a number of weeks which was one of the reasons we had to replace him (with Lapslie)."
On Lapslie, Coughlan said:
"I'm looking for that bit of quality in the final third, that little bit of magic, that little bit of creativity."
Lapslie told iFollow Stags:
"The club came in for me about 2 days ago and it was a no-brainer for me to come.
"Game time attracted me, I need to get minutes under my belt. Hopefully get a few goals as well.
"I started the first few games this season for Charlton, playing out of position (at right back), which was another reason to go out, and make a name for myself in midfield.
"My brother Tom plays for Colchester. My grandad played for England schoolboys.
"Mansfield were very good when we played them in the FA Cup (2 years ago), especially here, they were very good that day.
"I have a degree in Sports Science and coaching. It's something I'm very proud of. It was a tough three years but I've come out knowing more about myself and more about how I can improve myself from it. My grandad always pushed my education. He also used to drive me to and from training."
New signing will bring ‘energy’ to Stags - coach
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 15th October 2020
First team coach Jamie McGuire says that new signing George Lapslie will bring ‘energy and positivity’ to the Mansfield squad.
Lapslie (below) signed with the Stags from Charlton Athletic on Thursday afternoon on a loan deal that will run until the end of the 2020/21 season.
McGuire, speaking in Thursday afternoon’s news conference, says that the 23-year-old is a ‘perfect fit’ for the Mansfield squad.
“He’s full of energy and is a box-to-box midfielder,” he told iFollow Stags. “He got Young Player of the Season a couple of years ago at Charlton, which says it all.
“I think he’s a perfect fit for our squad and improves the squad really well.
“He’ll bring loads of energy and positivity to the team and the fans will love to watch him.
“The lads have created chances, but George will give us that little bit more in terms of arriving in the box. He’s always aware and alive on the pitch.”
George Lapslie will be a ‘fantastic’ signing for Mansfield Town - McGuire
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Thursday, 15th October 2020
George Lapslie will be a 'fantastic' signing for Mansfield Town, according to Jamie McGuire.
The midfielder has joined on loan from League One Charlton Athletic until the end of the season.
And first-team coach McGuire is looking forward to him pulling on a Stags shirt.
"George is a fantastic signing. He's box to box, full of energy," he said.
"I'm really looking forward to working with George, I think he'll bring loads of energy to the team.
"Myself, being a midfielder, I know what he's about. I'm looking forward to him adding to the squad."
The 23-year-old - the younger brother of Colchester United midfielder Tom Lapslie - came through the Addicks' youth system, scoring on his first team debut in an EFL Trophy tie against Crawley Town in August 2017.
"You're always looking what's out there," McGuire added.
"George has quality and brings energy. You need that box-to-box midfielder.
"You always want to improve the squad."
Lapslie has made more than 50 appearances for his current club, most of them coming in the Championship and League One.
Lapslie found the net in one of his 10 Championship appearances last term, in a 3-1 win over Luton Town in February 2020.
He also won Charlton’s Young Player of the Year award in the 2018-19 campaign.
George Lapslie joins Mansfield Town on season-long loan
Thur 15th October 2020
George Lapslie has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on a season-long loan.
Lee Bowyer explained the loan spell will allow the midfielder to play regular first-team football and also free up salary cap room for potential arrivals ahead of Friday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
The Charlton Manager said: “I think it is time for George to go and fly and develop his career further. He came to see me and Steve [Gallen] a few weeks ago and he was the one that put it to us and we both agreed that now is the time for him to go and develop and progress in his own career and this is a stepping stone towards that."
The 23-year-old joined the club at the age of 10, graduating from the academy scoring on his Charlton debut in the EFL Trophy in 2017. He has gone on to start 26 games for the club, making and additional 28 appearances from the substitutes bench, netting three goals for the first team.
The transfer window slams shut at 5pm on Friday and Bowyer said that the loan deal will give him and Steve Gallen a bit more flexibility as they aim to add to their squad. He said: “Because the cap is so tight, the loan frees up a little bit that we can maybe use the money for elsewhere, so that is what we are looking to do.”