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STAGS SIGN COLIN DANIEL ON LOAN UNTIL ENDOF SEASON
27th February 2016 11:12


Winger completes Stags' switch
mansfieldtown.net, 23rd February 2016

Mansfield Town are pleased to announce the capture of versatile winger Colin Daniel on loan from Port Vale until the end of the season.

The left-footed former Macclesfield Town man, whose nickname is ‘Junior’, is a familiar face to Stags' fans, following a two year spell here between 2012 and 2014, in which he netted eight goals in 75 appearances.

The 28-year-old helped us to promotion from the Conference National, scoring five goals in the 2012-13 campaign.

With 13 games remaining this season, Daniel will be planning to establish himself in Adam Murray’s starting 11, as the Stags aim to defy all the odds by obtaining a top seven position in Sky Bet League Two.

Daniel has appeared 25 times for 11th-placed League One side Port Vale this season.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/winger-completes-stags-switch-2969120.aspx#0Sgd9K47Dciq1858.99

Speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net, Daniel said: "It's good to see some old faces and some new ones also. Everyone has welcomed me back with open arms and I'm really pleased to be back. There seems to be a real buzz around the place

"I played with the manager (Adam Murray) during my last spell here. He's a good guy and I know he wants to do well. I want to do well for him and the team."

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Manager's influence key for Daniel
mansfieldtown.net

New loan signing Colin Daniel has highlighted manager Adam Murray as a major factor in his decision to rejoin the Stags from Port Vale.

The 28-year-old winger has signed a loan deal until the end of the season at One Call Stadium and he said the manager was a ‘big part’ of his decision to return to the Stags.

“I played with him before as well and he’s a good guy and I know he wants to do well and hopefully I can come in and do well for him and for the team.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/managers-influence-key-for-daniel-2971114.aspx#75lL8V95eMl1gZZs.99

“He just expects the best from all his players and he expects 100% every game. Anything less than that and I think he’s going to push you to get the maximum out of you.”

The Eastwood-born winger made 75 appearances in his first spell with the Stags and he says everyone at the club has helped him to settle straight back in.

“It feels good to see a few old faces and some new ones too, but it feels good. I’ve been welcomed in quite nicely.

“Everyone’s welcomed me with open arms really and everyone seems really friendly and I’m just happy to be here.”

Daniel, who is nicknamed 'Junior', is looking forward to playing in front of the One Call Stadium crowd once more, and he singled out two games in particular from his first spell as a Stag which stick in his memory.

“The fans were great when we got promoted. The Tamworth away game and the Chesterfield away game springs to mind.”

Daniel continued: “The Tamworth one was a big one. We were unbeaten and to get a win there, the fans were just great. Even after the whistle had gone, you could hear them singing all the way to the train station, so it was a good atmosphere.”

The former Crewe Alexandra man says he’s followed the Stags’ progress since his move to Vale Park in 2014 and he’s aiming to help the club cement a place in the top seven between now and the end of the season.

“Since I left Mansfield I’ve kept a close eye on Mansfield and I’ve been hoping they’ve been doing well.

“If we can get promotion again, like we did from the Conference to League Two, I think that’ll be a great achievement because I’ve come in today and the buzz around the place, it feels like a really good time for the club at the minute."

Colin Daniel's first interview since re-joining the Stags is available to view on Stags Player.

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Junior Daniel targets second Mansfield Town promotion
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Junior Daniel is targeting a second promotion with Mansfield Town after rejoining the club on loan from League One Port Vale with just 13 games to go.

The left-sided utility player, who helped Stags to Conference title glory, goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Newport County with Stags fifth in League Two and said: “If we can get promotion again like we did from the Conference to League Two I think that will be a great achievement.

“I have come in today and with the buzz around here it feels like a really good time for the club at the minute.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/junior-daniel-targets-second-mansfield-town-promotion-1-7746256#ixzz417doft00

“Since I left I have kept a close eye on Mansfield, hoping they’ll do well.

“It feels good to see some old faces and some new ones as well. I’ve been welcomed back in with open arms and it feels good.”

Daniel said it felt a different, but better, place than when he left in the summer of 2014.

“I am not saying a bad word about anyone in the past but it feels a lot more professional,” he said.

“A lot of things have changed since I’ve been away. There is a buzz about the place.

“I know the manager. He is a good guy and wants to do well. Hopefully I can come in and do well for him and the team.

“He expects the best from all his players and wants you to put in 100 per cent every game. Anything less than that and he will push you to get the maximum out of you.

“It’s a great club and, hopefully, if we can get promoted this year, then I think we can go places.”

Although he has fallen out of favour at Vale Park, Daniel feels his two seasons at League One level have made him a better player.

“I have enjoyed it at Port Vale,” he said. “It’s been a good time. Obviously I’ve been in and out of the team but when I’ve been in the team I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“Knowing the players and the manager was a big part of me moving here on loan.

“I am not going to be there (at Vale) next season, so we will see what happens.

“I think playing in a higher division has helped me a lot, and playing with different players than the Conference and with Mansfield in League Two. I think I have progressed as a player.”

On his trusty left foot, he added: “It’s the same. It’s still got a lot of power in it, so hopefully I can get my shots off and get some goals for Mansfield.”

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Colin Daniel joins Mansfield Town on loan
port-vale.co.uk, 23rd February 2016

Daniel joins the Stags on loan until the end of the season

Colin Daniel has joined Mansfield Town this morning on loan until the end of the season, where he will be hoping to get regular first team football after failing to win a place in the Vale squad on a regular basis.
Daniel joined Vale from Mansfield in August 2012 after playing 75 games for the Stags, so he will be more than familiar with the surroundings at the One Call Stadium (Field Mill).
Rob Page has said all along that he would encourage players to go out on loan in order to play regular first team football and Daniel goes with his full blessing.
The Vale manager said: “He has had a couple of clubs showing interest in League Two and a couple of non-league clubs who are ambitious to get back into the League.

Read more at http://www.port-vale.co.uk/news/article/port-vale-mansfield-town-colin-daniel-league-one-2968927.aspx#o45IPsjK7pwca3KV.99

“Like I have always said, he is not in my eighteen at this moment in time, so go out and play games. Mansfield showed an interest and he went and had a look at their game on Saturday.”
Stags boss Adam Murray said:“He’s got a lot of pace, a lot of energy [and] a superb left foot. He can create, he can score. The chairman I know is really proactive in us getting promoted now we’re in the mix so we’ll see where that goes.”

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Junior Daniel returns to Mansfield Town on loan from Port Vale
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 23 February 2016

Mansfield Town this morning announced the return of versatile winger Colin Daniel on loan from Port Vale until the end of the season.

The left-footed former Macclesfield Town man, whose nickname is ‘Junior’, is a familiar face to Stags’ fans, following a two year spell at One Call Stadium between 2012 and 2014, in which he netted eight goals in 75 appearances.

The 28-year-old helped the club to promotion from the Conference National, scoring five goals in the 2012-13 campaign.

With 13 games remaining this season, Daniel will be planning to establish himself in Adam Murray’s starting 11, as the Stags aim to defy all the odds by obtaining a top seven position in Sky Bet League Two.

Daniel has appeared 25 times for 11th-placed League One side Port Vale this season.

Speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net, Daniel said: “It’s good to see some old faces and some new ones also.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/junior-daniel-returns-to-mansfield-town-on-loan-from-port-vale-1-7744631#ixzz410B0Jq1d

“Everyone has welcomed me back with open arms and I’m really pleased to be back. There seems to be a real buzz around the place?“I played with the manager (Adam Murray) during my last spell here.

“He’s a good guy and I know he wants to do well. I want to do well for him and the team.”

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Mansfield Town fans still to see the best of Junior Daniel promises boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 23 February 2016

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray believes Stags fans have not yet seen the best of Junior Daniel.

The left-footed utility player, 28, who can play in defence, midfield or attack, rejoined Mansfield on loan from Port Vale today until the end of the season.

He helped Stags to Conference title glory in his first spell with the club, but was tempted away by a move to League One Port Vale two summers ago that hasn’t worked out for him.

Murray said: “He was a great player in his first spell here, but from my point of view we didn’t see half of what’s in Junior Daniel.

Read more: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/local-sport/mansfield-town-fans-still-to-see-the-best-of-junior-daniel-promises-boss-adam-murray-1-7744767#ixzz410B61Z8F

“I like him. He is a very good person which, as you know, is big to me in my recruitment and I think there is so much in there ability-wise.

“I know he has played up front for Port Vale at times this season, so he is one that gives you options across the front line.

“We have 13 games left and we need to win games. It’s go for it time.

“But even moving forwards to next season, I believe I could get a lot more out of Junior Daniel than we’ve seen - the way we play and the way this team is

“He’s got a lot of pace and a lot of energy, a superb left foot, he can create, he can score. I think he can come in and affect it straight away.”

However, Murray said he had spoken with senior players in his small squad to make sure they would accept another new face coming in at this stage of the campaign.

“The boys have got us where we are, but they will appreciate someone coming in giving them maybe a one per cent - I know that as they want to achieve,” he said.

“If someone can help them achieve and be part of the group, so be it.

“But it’s their team. It’s a very strong-knit group and to walk into that changing room even I have to be wary at times as they are that close.”

Nottingham-born Daniel began his career with Eastwood Town, before Dario Gradi took him to Crewe Alexandra in July 2007 for a five-figure sum.

From there he was loaned out to Grays Athletic, Leek Town, Halifax Town, and Macclesfield Town, before he joined Macclesfield on a permanent basis in May 2009.

He spent three years with Macclesfield, before moving on to Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee in August 2012.

He helped Stags to win the Conference Premier title in 2012/13, but signed with League One Port Vale in June 2014 after a call from Micky Adams.

However, within four months Adams was gone and new boss Rob Page wasn’t as keen on him.

Daniel was told he could go out loan but remained at Vale Park and on came off the bench to score the winning goal away at Colchester United on November 1 to force himself back into the reckoning.

He eventually played 30 times for Vale throughout the 2014/15 season despite missing February with an ankle injury.

Daniel began this season on the bench, but came on the bench to score at Fleetwood Town on September 26.

However by February he was well down the pecking order and has not been involved in recent squads, a weekend off last weekend seeing him a spectator at One Call Stadium.

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