STAGS SIGN MATT GREEN ON LOAN
Green joins Stags from Oxford
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 22 Jul 2011
Supporters' fundraising group The 12th Stag have aided two signings in a day, by donating £2,000 towards the signing of Matt Green on loan from Oxford United.
The 24-year-old forward, who started his professional career at Newport County, joins us until the end of December.
Green has subsequently turned out for Cardiff, Torquay and Cheltenham, along with three separate spells at Oxford United. He wrote his name into U's folklore when the 6 ft front man scored in Oxford's Conference Play off Final in 2010 to help propel them into League Two.
After putting pen to paper at 6.30pm this evening, Green told mansfieldtown.net: "I know Rhys Day and Adam Murray (from Oxford) and I've worked well with both of them in the past. They are happy with things at the club and that means a lot.
"I will be relentless in my work rate and I am hoping this move will be successful," he added.
Green becomes Paul Cox's 15th signing of the summer.
Earlier in the day, The 12th Stag donated £3,400 to aid the signing of defender Joe Kendrick
Stags sign striker Green and defender Joe Kendrick
Mansfield Town have made two signings in one day by bringing in striker Matt Green on loan from Oxford United and free agent defender Joe Kendrick.
Supporters' fundraising group The 12th Stag assisted with both signings by donating £3,400 towards Kendrick's wages and a further £2,000 for Green.
Kendrick, 28, who has signed a one-year deal, added: "It shows what supporters are about and what they mean to a club.
"I thank them and hope to repay their faith. It's a nice gesture."
Manager Paul Cox still has approximately £16,500 at his disposal to help fund further new signings generated by funds from the 12th Stag, who previously helped with the signings of strikers Paul Connor and Luke Medley.
Green, 24, started his professional career at Newport County and has since played for Cardiff City, Torquay United and Cheltenham Town, along with three separate spells at Oxford
Having signed until the end of December, he becomes Cox's 15th signing of the summer.
"I will be relentless in my workrate," he said. "And I am hoping this move will be successful.
"I know Rhys Day and Adam Murray from Oxford and worked well with both of them in the past. They are happy with things at the club and that means a lot."
Dublin-born former Darlington full-back Kendrick rejected an offer from another Blue Square Bet Premier club to come to Field Mill.
He impressed at left-back in Mansfield's Tuesday's friendly at home to Doncaster Rovers, when the Stags lost 1-0
INTERVIEW A FEW DAYS LATER:
Green issues goals pledge to Stags
Nottingham Post, by Matt Halfpenny
MATT Green believes he can be the missing piece in Mansfield Town's jigsaw by supplying the goals his new team needs.
Boss Paul Cox has drafted in the Oxford United player until December to strengthen the Stags' striking options.
And after being edged out of the picture at the Kassam Stadium, Green is hoping to prove he has lost none of his ability in front of goal.
Green, 24, has already been part of promotion winning squads with the Us and Torquay United.
Now he is determined to put Mansfield on the path to glory after making his debut in a 1-0 friendly victory at FC Halifax on Saturday, just 24 hours after agreeing the move north.
"I have done OK in the Conference before in terms of goalscoring, so I don't see why that should change now, especially as I think I am a better player than the last time I was at this level," said Green.
"I don't want to come in and not be in the goals because I know that's what the manager has brought me in to do.
"I thought to myself after the Halifax game that if I'd have been a little bit sharper I would have been off the mark already.
"But the sharpness will come with the more games I get and I'm sure I'll be ready for the first game on August 13."
Mansfield were 1-0 winners at the Shay, with Louis Briscoe bagging the game's only goal.
Cox said he was pleased with the efforts of his debutant, adding: "On another day, Matt could have had a hat-trick, but he hadn't trained with us.
"I think when he gets fully fit, with his movement and the way he runs in behind, we will have a very good player on our hands."
Green open-minded about Stags future
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, July 26, 2011
MATT Green is determined to enjoy his time at Mansfield Town – whatever the future holds.
The Oxford striker has been drafted in on loan by the Stags until December.
Green admits he is unsure whether that is with a view to a permanent move or will simply give him a better chance of regaining a first team place at the Kassam Stadium.
Either way, his only concern is to play regular first-team football and be frequently on the scoresheet.
Green will hope for another chance to impress in Mansfield's latest friendly at Hednesford tonight after playing 75 minutes of the 1-0 win at FC Halifax Town on Saturday.
"It was frustrating to an extent at Oxford but the manager makes his decisions and you have to deal with them," said Green.
"There was talk of maybe going to Wimbledon or Luton but I'm pleased to come up north, get away from things and hopefully get back to scoring the goals.
"I haven't really thought about where it could lead. I'm not looking too far into the future.
"If I can score goals at this level, as I have done before, to help Mansfield, then I will be happy."
Green, a former promotion winner with Torquay United and Oxford, has been encouraged by the calibre of player in the Mansfield squad.
He said: "I thought at times against Halifax we moved the ball around pretty smartly.
"If we can do that more consistently throughout the 90 minutes I don't see why we can't do well against most teams."
Meanwhile, boss Paul Cox believes he can help improve Tom Naylor as a defender.
The Stags boss has no doubts about the youngsters ball-playing pedigree, but has spotted room for improvement.
"I want to get Nails into the mindset that he is a defender first and foremost," he said.
"I want people not just to say that he is a good footballer, but that he is a good defender as well. He's very good on the ball but sometimes you need to take the decision to put you foot through the ball."