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STAGS SIGN CJ HAMILTON
13th June 2016 12:03


Young winger signs for Stags
mansfieldtown.net, 6th June 2016

We are pleased to announce the signing of former Sheffield United winger CJ Hamilton on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old put pen-to-paper on a deal at One Call Stadium following positive negotiations between the player and manager Adam Murray.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/young-winger-signs-for-stags-3136529.aspx#4PlRa7Augxtx9GbA.99

Hamilton, who is predominantly a left winger, becomes the Stags’ fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of striker Danny Rose, defender George Taft and fellow winger Ashley Hemmings.

After graduating from the Blades’ academy, Hamilton signed professional terms at the Bramall Lane club in July 2015.

The speedy winger spent two months on loan at National League side Halifax Town at the start of the 2015/16 season, where he scored three goals in six appearances.

After returning from his loan spell with the Shaymen, Hamilton joined Gateshead where he enjoyed a sustained run in the side and made 25 appearances, including 17 starts.

After finalising his deal at One Call Stadium, Hamilton said: “I’m just glad to be on board. I’m liking the way the lads spoke to me about how next year’s going to go and I think it’s a place where I can see myself fitting in.”

The deal is subject to Football League approval and will commence from 01 July 2016.

Supporters can watch Hamilton's best bits here:

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Speed machine Hamilton can go all the way says Stags boss
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Monday 06 June 2016

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is ‘excited’ by the signing of young speed machine winger CJ Hamilton and believes he has the potential to follow former Stags winger Sam Clucas into the Premier League one day.

The 21-year-old former Sheffield United prospect signed for the Stags today with Murray purring: “He is a winger with loads of potential and one of the quickest things I’ve seen.

“We saw last year with Matty Blair, when you’ve got that lighting pace at times, it can affect teams.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/speed-machine-hamilton-can-go-all-the-way-says-stags-boss-1-7950066#ixzz4Aov4aTmX

“CJ is a left-footed player who is lightning quick, but he’s got a fantastic delivery on him and we believe with such potential he is someone we can be an asset for us and someone who can go on and be beneficial for the football club as well.

“We are excited about this one as we believe there is a lot of potential in him.

“Like Sam Clucas, he is someone that can go on and reach as high a height as he wants to. It’s on his toes. He will be good for the football club.

“He was due to sign for a League One club that was in the play-offs this year.

“It didn’t quite come off because of their success in the play-offs. They opted to go and buy someone, so we jumped in and we’ve managed to get it done quickly.”

Hamilton has had loan spells out at clubs like Halifax Town, Gateshead, and Gainsborough Trinity and Murray said: “He is at a good age and he’s had a good spell out on loan.

“At that age getting the men’s football and that ability of being able to understand the importance of three points will have done him the world of good.

“We will have a young squad again. We are very multi-functional but we are very effective. So, like everyone, he will be fighting for a first team spot.”

Murray added: “If CJ does what he is capable of doing he is going to be a right handful in League Two.

“A lot of League Two’s deficiencies with every team are defensively and I think pace is one of the biggest attributes that they struggle with. So like everyone he will be thrown into the hat in pre-season.

“CJ will have to go and earn a shirt and I am more than confident he can do that.

“He is predominantly an out-and-out left winger. He is an old school left winger. You get it and give it him and he gets at people, runs past four and crosses into the box. So we’re happy with that.

“He can play a number of positions as well, but that’s his favoured position.

“He’s one that when he gets the ball, he gets people off their seats and he can carry the ball 50 yards at 400mph and give you an end product which at times I thought last season we lacked a little bit.”

Hamilton has been on Stags’ radar since early February.

“It was probably about three months from the end of the season someone put me onto him, so I had a few people watch him, watched a few of his games myself and then went through hours and hours of clips,” said Murray.

“I think there is a lot of work to do there in terms of his tactical nous. He’s only 20, so you expect that.

“But his raw ability and his ability to win and affect games at this level and the levels above will be very exciting.

“We had a lot of pace all over the team last season. We won a lot of our games last season, especially away from home, on the counter-attack because of our pace.

“So it’s not that we needed to add more. We were a quick team last year. What we want to do is keep that level of pace but, not just the ability to run fast, but the ability to play fast.

“That raw ability to knock it past someone is actually going out of the game now.

“Everyone wants to do eight million step-overs and four Cruyft turns, come inside then lose it.

“That’s why I think CJ is very positive. He wants to open people up and the big thing for me is that he’s not a speedboat without a driver. He’s got a bit of intelligence in there as well.

“He is another bit of ‘off-the-cuffness. We are hoping he can add to our assist column and our goals column.”

Hamilton joins fellow new signing and winger Ashley Hemmings, who joined on Friday, in the squad with Murray getting closer to completing his summer business.

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Hamilton aiming to take advantage of unpredictability factor
mansfieldtown.net

New arrival CJ Hamilton is hoping to ‘create something out of nothing’ when he steps onto the pitch to represent the Stags in the upcoming season.

The winger is known for his direct style of play, as shown in his frequent appearances on loan at Halifax Town and Gateshead as he learned his trade.

Hamilton came through the youth system at Sheffield United, and was pleased with manager Adam Murray’s words that tempted him to One Call Stadium.

“He (Murray) said he likes my kind of player that’ll get at people and try and create something out of nothing, and that’s the kind of thing I’m looking to do,” Hamilton said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/hamilton-aiming-to-take-advantage-of-unpredictability-factor-3136824.aspx#WDCE4oDqgTjekX1s.99

“[I’m an] out-and-out winger, quite quick - normally I’ll try and get on the outside of people and get crosses in. I mainly play on the left because I’m left-footed, but I can do either, I don’t mind.”

And Hamilton says that his education at Sheffield United was beneficial, while loans in the National League also aided his ability.

“They (United) helped me in various ways and position-wise and getting me more confident in myself, and getting out on loan to get experience which has been good for me.

“It, [my spell at Gateshead], was good - before that, I was at Halifax and the manager got sacked, went to Gateshead and brought me there which obviously shows he had a bit of belief in me.”

Hamilton went into detail about exactly why his spells at a lower level will be an advantage, while the 21-year-old has outlined his targets for the 2016-17 campaign in a Mansfield shirt.

“It (Hamilton’s loan spell) will give me the heads-up to expect a physical battle and be able to handle it. It (Mansfield) looks like a good club, the ground looks good. It looks like a family club.

“My aims are just to play as many games as I can [and] to help the team as much as possible and to try and do what’s best.”

Supporters can watch CJ Hamilton’s first interview as a Stags’ player on Stags Player HD.

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Boss backs Hamilton to excite supporters
mansfieldtown.net

Manager Adam Murray believes new signing CJ Hamilton will ‘get people off their seats’ at One Call Stadium due to his exciting wing-play.

The 21-year-old became Stags’ fourth summer signing yesterday following the captures of defender George Taft, striker Danny Rose and winger Ashley Hemmings.

Wide man Hamilton arrives from Sheffield United after enjoying loan spells at Halifax Town and Gateshead in recent times, and boss Murray has pinpointed exactly why he’s brought him to the club.

“[He’s got] loads of potential, one of the quickest things I’ve seen. I think we saw last year with Matt Blair’s pace that when you’ve got that lightning pace, at times, it can affect teams," Murray said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/boss-backs-hamilton-to-excite-supporters-3137265.aspx#8Y84OTgcpoyFFfuK.99

“CJ is a left-footed player - he’s lightning quick but he’s got a fantastic delivery on him. We believe that with such potential, he’s somebody that can we can bring in; he can be an asset for us.

“We’re hoping he can add to our assists column and our goals column. He’s at a good age, he had a good spell out on loan - at that age getting men’s football under your belt, that ability to understand the importance of three points will have done him the world of good.”

The speedy Hamilton was an in-demand individual when his services became available, and Mansfield rapidly pounced when the opportunity arose to get him to put pen-to-paper on a contract.

“He was due to sign for a League 1 club that was in the play-offs this year, and it didn’t quite come off because of their success, they opted to go and buy someone. We jumped in, managed to get it done quickly and nick him.

“If CJ does what he’s capable of doing, he’s going to be a right handful in League 2. He’ll have to go and earn a shirt and I’m more than confident he can do that.”

The gaffer has explained what Stags’ supporters can expect from Hamilton on the pitch, whilst also acknowledging that his attributes match how the club approached games in the 2015-16 campaign.

“When he gets the ball, he gets people off their seats. He can carry the ball 50 yards at ‘400 miles per hour’ and give you an end product which, at times, I thought last season that we lacked a little bit.

“There’s a lot of work to do there in terms of his tactical nous - he’s only [21]-years-old so you expect that.

“We won a lot of our games last year, especially away from home, on the counter-attack because of our pace. What we want to do is make sure we keep that level of energy - not just the ability to run fast, but the ability to play fast and that comes with good players.”

Furthermore, Murray feels that Hamilton’s approach on the pitch is a 'dying breed' in football which makes him more of an attractive proposition.

“That raw ability to knock it past someone is actually going out of the game. Everyone wants to do four million step-overs, eight Cruyff turns and come inside and lose it.

“That’s why I think CJ is very positive, he wants to open people up. He’s not a speedboat without a driver, he’s got a bit of intelligence in there as well.”

Supporters can watch Adam Murray speaking about CJ Hamilton on Stags Player HD.

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tweet from February and text to Adam Murray



chad.co.uk, Monday 06 June 2016
http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/speed-machine-hamilton-can-go-all-the-way-says-stags-boss-1-7950066#ixzz4Aov4aTmX
“It was probably about three months from the end of the season someone put me onto him, so I had a few people watch him, watched a few of his games myself and then went through hours and hours of clips,” said Murray.

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