COX PURSUES LUKE O`NEILL
Is Luke O'Neill set to return to Mansfield Town this month?
Wednesday, January 09, 2013, Nottingham Post
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has revealed he is pursuing a move to bring Luke O'Neill back to the One Call Stadium.
The defender joined the Stags from Leicester when Cox took over in the summer of 2011 and he starred as Mansfield finished third in the Blue Square Bet Premier to reach the play-offs.
The full-back made 45 starts and his performances earned him a move to Championship Burnley last summer for an undisclosed fee.
But it has not worked out so far, the 21-year-old making just one cup appearance and the manager who took him there, Eddie Howe, has since left to return to Bournemouth.
O'Neill was at the One Call on Sunday to watch the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool.
And now, if the player is available for loan, Cox hopes to swoop this month to bring him back to Mansfield.
Cox, who is sitting down with chairman John Radford this week to discuss signings, said: "He is a player I would love to have back here but we have to be respective of his position at Burnley and the player's situation, but we keep in contact and he would be a great addition. He is a fantastic player.
"He was fabulous for us and deserved his move but he is one of a number we have spoken about, but Burnley have to agree to let him out on loan. We will see what happens."
O'Neill is not the only player on Cox's radar, as he looks to bolster the squad ahead of a hectic few months of matches due to postponements and the FA Cup run.
"We have a lot of games coming up and the squad does need strengthening but we have to bring in the right personalities but also players to improve the squad," said Cox.
Mansfield's home league match with Grimsby, which was postponed last month, will now be played on Tuesday, March 12 (kick-off 7.45pm
Stags boss Cox hoping on O'Neill loan as players queue up to join promotion push
chad.co.uk Friday 11 January 2013
PAUL Cox has admitted he would love to bring star right back Luke O'Neill back to the Stags on loan from Championship outfit Burnley.
But the Mansfield Town manager said there was no movement on the situation at the moment.
O'Neill, last season's player of the year, left Mansfield in the summer for the bright lights of the Championship.
But, unable to win a regular place at Turf Moor, the former Leicester City youngster, has been a regular visitor at the One Call Stadium.
“I have go to be respectful of Burnley and see what his situation is there,” said Cox.
“Luke was here at the Liverpool game and all the lads keep in touch with him.
“He wants to play football and wants to go out on loan. But I have not been in touch with Burnley yet. I am just keeping an eye on it.”
Cox admitted the superb live TV showing against Liverpool had sparked a lot of unexpected interest from players wanting to now join his promotion push with the January transfer window now open
“The phone has been going non-stop since Sunday, so I don't know if it is the Liverpool game that has drummed up interest. Players suddenly want to be a part of our future,” he said.
“One player from last season's champions said he felt we were in a very similar position to what they were and that we could be challenging for honours and promotion.
“There is a lot of positive talk about us which bodes well. We just have to choose which players we bring in very carefully.
“There could be movement in and out before the weekend yet.”
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