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STAGS SIGN SHAQ COULTHIRST ON LOAN
23rd January 2017 22:55


Stags snap up Peterborough striker
mansfieldtown.net, 19th January 2017

Mansfield Town are pleased to announce the loan signing of forward Shaquile Coulthirst from Peterborough United until the end of the season.

The Stags also have the option of making the move permanent, the club can confirm.

Coulthirst came through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and signed a professional contract at White Hart Lane in June 2013.

The Hackney-born frontman made his one and only senior appearance for Spurs in a 4-1 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala, replacing Roberto Soldado after 78 minutes.

Whilst under contract at Spurs, Coulthirst embarked on five different loan spells.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/sc-3526763.aspx#oDGR9jvy2uYYESq7.99

He joined Leyton Orient in January 2014 and scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 victory over Carlisle United. He then joined League Two side Torquay United until the end of the 2013/14 season and made six appearances with the Devon club, scoring two goals.

The 22-year-old was then sent out on loan to Southend United for the 2014/15 season and made 25 appearances at Roots Hall before joining York City.

Coulthirst made 11 appearances for the Minstermen and scored two goals during his two-month stay, both of which came in a 4-1 win over the Stags at One Call Stadium.

In January 2016, Peterborough United swooped to sign the frontman from Spurs for an undisclosed fee after his loan spell at Wigan was cut short due to injury.

The former England under 19 international signed a three-and-a-half year deal at London Road and has played 43 times in the last 12 months.

Coulthirst has scored seven times for the Posh, including a brace against Chesham in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup to send Peterborough into the second round.

Manager Steve Evans said: “This is one of two young men I have been trying to secure from Peterborough United and I am delighted that the first of the two has arrived. Discussions in respect of the second player will continue.

“Young Shaq has had some family health issues which he has had to deal with but they now seem to be behind him and his family now, which on a personal basis is fantastic. Secondly, it lets him make an informed choice.

“I have travelled and met with the lad and spoken about him taking up the option, very much like Hayden White.

“From a positive point of view, if we do take up the option [of signing him permanently], the fee is already in writing and agreed with the chairman at Peterborough United.

“Shaq joins the group and we look forward to working with him.”

The club is still looking to agree deals of all descriptions, whether it be loan or permanent, as the squad continues to be shaped in a way that takes us positively forward in the second half of the season.

Speaking in the middle of the January transfer window, Steve said: “I recently sat with Darren Ferguson [manager of Doncaster] after our game against Doncaster and Darren stated that it probably takes three or four transfer windows to get your squad right and we’re trying to do it in one.

“But our track record says we have been able to do it in one and get it right so that is our objective.

“We understand because of the poor results early season, some of it is pushing water uphill and it’s catch up. But we’ve been in that situation many times in our careers and come prize day we’ve been at the front.”

Stags face in-form Cambridge United on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two and Steve added: “Few challenges will be stronger than visiting Cambridge United, an excellent team who will surely be a top seven side at the end of the season.”

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Stags boss Evans excited by Coulthirst signing
chad.co.uk, byJOHN LOMAS,Thursday 19 January 2017

Stags boss Steve Evans is excited by today’s signing of highly-rated Peterborough United striker Shaq Coulthirst after a wait of almost two weeks.

The 22-year-old is on loan until the end of the season, but Stags have already agreed a fee to make it permanent if it works out.

“We tried all sorts to make it happen and a permanent would have been preferable,” said Evans.

“When we tried to make our move at the outset 10 days ago, the kid had some family health issues that he had to go and attend to.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-boss-evans-excited-by-coulthirst-signing-1-8343458

“We totally respected that and we went away really quietly and said let us know when you are ready to chat again.

“Football agents get a lot of bad press in the game, but Shaq’s agent kept us fully up to date with things as did the director of football down there, Barry Fry.

“I am very familiar to those guys down there, so we knew exactly what was happening, and I got an opportunity to speak to Shaq.

“He said let me come and see what it’s like and if I enjoy it and if it works out. He is good friends with Hayden White, so that obviously helps as well.

“The next port of call was to speak to Barry Fry and Darragh MacAnthony on behalf of our chairman and see if we could strike a deal for it to be permanent - and we got that agreed.

“We got an agreement that says we take him on loan to the end of the season and then we have the option to purchase the player for a fixed amount which is solely down to the Stags and to Shaq himself. From that point of view Peterborough are out of the equation now if we want to take it forward.”

Evans said he had long been a fan of Coulthirst’s talents.

“We have seen this young guy as far back as his time at York and we have always been admirers of him,” he said.

“I have seen him early this season at Posh and I thought he was outstanding in a number of games I have seen him in.

“I can remember going along to do some media work and watching him in pre-season against Leeds United. I think he got two goals on the day and was quite wonderful for a spell.

“He gave them a real problem, and I was looking at the quality of defenders he was playing against.

“Mansfield fans will have seen him many times, of course they will have seen him score against them during his time at York.”

Coulthirst now joins a formidable quintet of strikers all battling for two places and Evans said there are no guarantees for his new signing.

“He gets an opportunity here to come and compete for a place and if he works hard and goes about his business properly he is an asset,” he said.

“If he comes here and thinks he is automatically going to play he will need to go and buy a big coat. It’s where they all are - you need to justify being in the tea. “But we’re looking forward to working with him. He has trained with the group this morning and has been received really well. “He has integrated really well. It always helps when young players know you as a player of course. He walked in and right away there was a lot of positivity in the dressing room about who we had added to the group. “The competition has to be intense. In two or three recent games, although we have managed to get wins, we have been a little frustrated in that we have dominated most if not all of possession, but in the final third just not been as bright as we should be.”

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Love of the game key to Coulthirst’s decision to join Stags
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

New recruit Shaquile Coulthirst wants to get his love for football back at Mansfield Town.

The 22-year-old forward joined Stags on loan from Peterborough United until the end of the season.

He said: “I am happy to be with a manager that is going to help me enjoy my football again and a group of players that could do that as well.

“I thought it was the right time and the right place to be at the minute.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/love-of-the-game-key-to-coulthirst-s-decision-to-join-stags-1-8344754

“Obviously I wasn’t playing with the previous club at the time. So I thought about coming here and try to get that love back for football.

“It is just a lovely chapter really [signing for Mansfield Town]. Hopefully it helps me to get where I want to be in the end, but I am not really thinking about that right now. “I am thinking about the short-term right now, playing games and scoring goals.”

It will be his eighth club in little more than three years after making his professional debut. The Tottehnam Hotspur academy product made his club debut in the Europa League at White Hart Lane. Since then has been out on loan at Leyton Orient, Torquay United, Southend United, York City and Wigan Athletic.

He left Spurs in January 2016 for Peterborough United and has scored seven in 28 games for the Posh.

He added: “I think I work very hard and I have got a good work ethic, a lot of pace and I like to score goals.

“It is just [about being in] a team that could get me the ball in the areas that I like, anywhere in and around the box.

“I want to score as many goals as I can, and obviously help the team to get where it wants to be - get them promoted.

“That’s the key aim at the minute for the team. I want to help them get there and see where it takes me.”

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Evans on Jack Redshaw, Thursday 19 January 2017 : "the deal is as dead as a do-do. The boy Coulthirst becoming available changed everything."

from full interview: http://www.player.mansfieldtown.net/latest-news/69dcf8bd-0197-438c-9d44-c97dd810cdb6

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TRANSFER NEWS: Coulthirst joins Stags on loan
peterboroughtoday.co.uk, Thursday 19 January 2017

Peterborough United striker Shaquile Coulthirst has joined League Two side Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season with a view to making the move permanent in the summer.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster has scored seven goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for Posh since joining them in Jnauary 2016.

Coulthirst (22) will link up with defender Hayden White, another Posh player on a loan deal with the Stags, who are managed by Steve Evans.

Evans said: “This is one of two young men I have been trying to secure from Peterborough United and I am delighted that the first of the two has arrived. Discussions in respect of the second player will continue.”

That second player is understood to be another forward, Paul Taylor.

Read more at: http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/posh/transfer-news-coulthirst-joins-stags-on-loan-1-7780918

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twitter Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony @DMAC102, 19th January 2017
Mansfield won't be buying Taylor trust me.

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Loanee hoping to get amongst the goals
mansfieldtown.net, 19th January 2017

Mansfield Town’s latest loan signing Shaquile Coulthirst says he wants to get back to doing what he does best at One Call Stadium - scoring goals.

Stags today announced the signing of the 22-year-old on loan until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.

Speaking exclusively to http://www.mansfieldtown.net following the switch, the Tottenham Hotspur academy product said he hopes the move will allow him to begin enjoying his football again.

“I am just happy to be with a manager that is going to help me enjoy my football again, and a group of players that could do that as well,” Coulthirst said.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/loanee-hoping-to-get-amongst-the-goals-3528033.aspx#RFOXmZKQwVYVQ5JX.99

“I thought it was the right time and the right place to be at the minute; obviously I wasn’t playing with the previous club at the time. So I thought about coming here and try to get that love back for football.

“It is just a lovely chapter really (signing for Mansfield Town). Hopefully it helps me to get where I want to be in the end, but I am not really thinking about that right now. I am thinking about the short-term right now, playing games and scoring goals.”

Furthermore, the Hackney-born frontman explained speaking to several players of the Stags’ current squad had an influence on his decision to make the move to One Call Stadium.

“Loads of things [attracted me here]. I spoke to a couple of lads I know, and a couple of other guys I have known from previous clubs, and they’ve have only had good things to say about it.

“Kevan Hurst, obviously, I was with him at Southend United. Pearcy (Krystian Pearce) - I was with him at Torquay United; and obviously Hayden White’s just come in as well.

“So I spoke to Hayden, and he’s been saying that the manager’s great, the football they are playing is great. He played in the game which was the local derby with Notts County, and he said maybe all we were lacking was that finishing touch and maybe you could bring that here. So I thought, why not?

“Having a few familiar faces around really helps you get to know the rest of the lads a bit quicker, and it helps you integrate with everyone a bit quicker.”

The former Leyton Orient and York City talisman is confident his goal-scoring prowess can add to the Stags’ firepower up front.

“I think I work very hard and I have got a good work ethic, a lot of pace and I like to score goals.

“It is just [about being in] a team that could get me the ball in the areas that I like, anywhere in and around the box.

“[I want to] score as many goals as I can, and obviously help the team to get where it wants to be - get them promoted. That’s the key aim at the minute for the team. [I want to] help them get there and see where it takes me.”

Supporters can view Shaquile Coulthirst’s first interview with the club on Stags PlayerHD.

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EARLIER STORY:
Peterborough Telegraph, by ALAN SWANN, Friday 13 January 2017

Peterborough United have been busy turning down bids for members of the first-team squad. Director of Football Barry Fry, the man in charge of all transfer negotiations at the ABAX Stadium, today (January 13) revealed offers for striker Paul Taylor and midfielder Leo Da Silva Lopes has been rejected.

He also disclosed transfer listed striker Shaquile Coulthirst has turned down the chance to move to the Scottish Premier League and to League Two, while midfielder Adil Nabi’s chance to move to another League One club was ruined by a managerial sacking.

Fry said: “I’ve had a lot of phone calls which have ended with us rejecting offers.

“Mansfield bid for Paul Taylor a few weeks ago and increased their bid for him yesterday, but we are not interested in offers of £100,000 or £200,000. We are vulnerable as far as Paul is concerned as we gave him a one-year contract on not much money in the summer when he was without a club, but our manager Grant McCann would rather keep him than give him away for that sort of cash.

“Mansfield also bid for Shaquile Coulthirst and we accepted that one, but Shaq wants to stay nearer his family in London. Motherwell also showed an interest, but he won’t go up there for the same reason.

“There are a couple of London clubs interested in Shaq. Andy Edwards at Leyton Orient wants him badly, but his owners are not easy to deal with.

“We have had no bids for Marcus Maddison since we accepted a £2.5 million offer from Leeds when Steve Evans was the manager last season. The owners at Leeds wouldn’t see the deal through though.

Read more at: http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/football/posh/transfer-news-premier-league-club-chase-leo-offers-for-strikers-nabi-deal-collapses-2-5-million-bid-for-maddison-1-7771966

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