STAGS SIGN STRIKER ADI YUSSUF
Tanzanian hot-shot becomes sixth signing
mansfieldtown.net, 5th June 2015
Adi Yussuf pens deal at One Call Stadium after impressing in Conference North, the club can confirm.
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We are pleased to announce the signing of striker Adi Yussuf on a free transfer, subject to Football League approval.
The 23-year-old was previously on the books of former Conference North outfit Oxford City, where he netted 26 goals during the 2014/15 campaign - helping his old employers to a sixth position finish.
A graduate of Leicester City’s academy set-up where he played regularly at youth and reserve level, the Tanzanian striker left the King Power Stadium four years ago to join Burton Albion.
He featured on 31 occasions in two seasons with Burton, before spending 2013/14 at Lincoln City. He also took in loan spells with Gainsborough Trinity (loan), Harrogate Town (loan) and Histon (loan).
Yussuf, nevertheless, was undoubtedly one of the star players in the Conference North last season as his goals took Oxford to within a single point of the play-off places.
Speaking about his move to One Call Stadium, the striker said: "When I got told that I might be coming to sign here, I pinched myself every day. It's like a dream come true. I'm just happy that everything is getting sorted."
Manager Adam Murray said: "We are delighted to have captured Adi. We have had our eye on him for a while. He is somebody who has some tremendous attributes and will add another dimension to our attack. He is hungry, eager to prove a point and I cannot wait to work with him."
New signing eager to impress after dream move
Youngster Yussuf speaks of delight following move to One Call Stadium.
New signing Adi Yussuf is hoping to continue his rich goalscoring form and impress supporters following his ‘dream move’ to One Call Stadium.
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The 23-year-old put pen-to-paper on a deal with us on Friday, subject to Football League approval.
Previously with Conference North outfit Oxford City, Yussuf bagged 26 goals last term to finish as the joint-third highest scorer in the division, whilst his old employers just missed out on a play-off place.
Speaking shortly after signing his contract, the striker said: “When I got told that I might be coming to sign here, it feels like a dream come true. I pinch myself every day.
“I’ve got so many people to prove [things to]. The fact that I was at Burton and things didn’t work out there, I just want to come back into this league and prove that I can play in this league.
“I believe that if I work hard on myself and my game, then with a bit of help from the gaffer and the coaching staff, anything is possible.”
Asked how his move here came about, Yussuf continued: “Last week I came to see the gaffer and his staff. They knew about me, they’d asked about me and they’d seen clips of me.
“He [Adam Murray, manager] seemed keen and I just want to say a big thanks to him for giving me the chance. I couldn’t have dreamed of this move this time last year.”
After graduating from Leicester City’s youth system alongside ex-loanee Billy Kee, Yussuf joined Burton Albion in 2011. He spent two years at the Pirelli Stadium, then spent time with Lincoln City during the 2013/14 campaign.
Nevertheless, it was his achievements at Oxford City that made him shoot to prominence and the youngster is extremely grateful to his old employers for giving him a base to express his ability.
He added: “Everyone there was like a family to me - the manager, the assistant manager, the coaches and every single player. On and off the pitch they were like a family to me.
“I want to say a big thanks to Oxford City for giving me that platform, because this time last year not many people wanted to give me one. They gave me my chance and I hope that they feel like I’ve paid them back.”
FC client Adi Yussuf returns to the Football League
Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Adi Yussuf has today completed his dream move back to the Football League.
Adi, 23, made 25 appearances in the Football League (but was only given a starting opportunity on 3 occasions) between 2011 and 2013 for Burton Albion, before spells with a number of non-league clubs were blighted by injuries.
Introduced to Full Contact in the summer of 2014 by intermediary Jon Herrador, Adi was taken to Oxford City where under the excellent management of Justin Merritt and the facilities of the Conference North club Adi was able to prove what he and we had believed - that he could be a prolific goalscorer. Scoring 31 goals and assisting many more, Adi was one of the country’s leading scorers in the 2014/2015 season.
Mansfield Town beat off the interest of a number of other clubs to secure Adi’s signature, and we now look forward to seeing his progress in League Two.
Dan Chapman, senior partner of Full Contact, commented “It is a great pleasure to see yet another Full Contact client progress from non-league through to the professional ranks, and of course in this case Adi has been there before and was so hungry to earn the opportunity to return. In addition to deserving this chance as a result of the number of goals he scored last season, Adi has two people to be grateful to and I know that he is : Jon Herrador for believing in him so much and working so hard throughout the season to ensure his exploits did not go unnoticed, and Justin Merritt his manager at Oxford City. Justin has not only given Adi the platform to return to the League, but the club have been very accommodating and pro-active in facilitating Adi’s move for which we are all very grateful.”
Adi will join fellow Full Contact client Reggie Lambe at the One Call Stadium, and we wish them all the best for the 2015/2016 season.
Darren Shaw, Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:24 pm
Adi Yusuf has the same agent as Fisher, Bell, Studer and Lambe who were all fairly cheap signings for the Stags as they were all looking to get back into the Football League. I'm surprised JR has not banned him from the ground :lol:
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