MARTIN RILEY RE-SIGNS FOR THE STAGS
Riley becomes fifth summer signing
mansfieldtown.net, 3rd June 2013
Defender Martin Riley has today become our fifth summer signing, re-joining us on a free transfer from Wrexham.
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The 26-year-old, who featured on 44 occasions for the Reds last season, was a popular figure during his previous spell with us in the 2011/12 campaign.
Riley was a formidable member of our defence as we lost to York City in the Play-Offs, after finishing third in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The former Wolves trainee left us to join Wrexham last summer, and collected an FA Trophy winners' medal during his season-long stint in North Wales.
However, Riley was unable to help Andy Morrell’s side win promotion as the Reds agonisingly lost to Newport County in the Conference Play-Off Final.
Nevertheless, the athletic 6ft centre-back boasts Football League experience from a previous spell at Cheltenham Town in the 2010/11 season.
The Wolverhampton-born star made 26 league appearances for the Robins, helping them to achieve a comfortable mid-table position.
On his return to One Call Stadium, Riley said: “I spoke to a few clubs in the league about the possibility of joining them, but if I'm honest, Mansfield was the only club I wanted to come to. The manager, players and fans know me and I know them, which all helps.
"It feels like unfinished business for me [to return to the club]. I'm chuffed to bits to be back here," he added
Unfinished business for returning Riley
mansfieldtown.net, 4th June 2013
New signing Martin Riley has stated that he has "unfinished business" after re-signing for the club yesterday.
Martin Riley is speaking to our Head of Media & Communications
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Riley was a popular figure during his previous spell with us in the 2011/12 campaign, where he became a key figure in our side which reached the Conference Premier Play-Offs that term.
Despite collecting an FA Trophy winners medal at Wrexham last season, the 26-year-old was unable to help the Reds land a place in the Football League.
And the 6ft centre-back admitted that our new found status as a Football League outfit, had a major influence on his decision to return to One Call Stadium.
He said: "The fact that [Mansfield Town] are a league club now is massive. I spoke to a few clubs in the league about possibly joining them, but there was one place that I wanted to go.
"The gaffer, a lot of players and the fans all know me, and that helps. I know them too, so hopefully it's going to be a smooth transition. Without a doubt, it feels like unfinished business to be back.
"I don't go into any team expecting to start - you have to earn that. But I back my ability to establish a place in the team and show the gaffer what I'm about."
Riley, who began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, continued: "I've been lucky in that every club I've been at, I've had a great rapport with the fans.
"Hopefully, they'll take to me again - and we'll see if they'll sing that song too! It was a great song! What I'm hoping to do now is consistently perform for Mansfield Town in a higher league.
"Obviously I'm still the same player, but I've got that little bit more experience. I played 44 games [for Wrexham] last season, and it was the most consistent in my career."
During Riley's spell at One Call Stadium, the 26-year-old formed a close bond with striker Matt Green, for whom he was full of admiration.
"He's a good friend of mine, so we spoke all season. Hopefully, if he signs back here, which I hope he does, it'll just be like the old times.
"We are very close, but we're competitive too. In my last spell here, I think he split my eye open in one training session, but that's the way we've always been against each other and it's healthy for both of us."
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