STAGS SIGN PAUL ANDERSON
Stags add experienced Championship winger to squad
mansfieldtown.net, 16th May 2017
Mansfield Town have strengthened their ranks with the outstanding signing of League One title-winner Paul Anderson.
The 28-year-old winger left Northampton Town at the end of the 2016/17 season and has now become boss Steve Evans’ latest addition to his new-look squad.
After swapping Hull City for Liverpool as a youngster, Anderson was a regular in their under 18s’ side which won the 2006 FA Youth Cup and his outstanding performances earned him a spot on the first team’s bench for their Champions League Round of 16 second leg against Benfica.
In an attempt to gain first team experience, Anderson joined then-League One side Swansea City in 2007/08 and enjoyed a superb season as he scored 10 goals in the Swans' title-winning campaign.
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The loanee was named as Swansea’s Young Player of the Year and manager Roberto Martinez made a move to sign the winger permanently, but faced competition from Championship side Nottingham Forest.
A season-long loan at the City Ground followed, before he signed permanently for Forest prior to the 2009/10 campaign for a fee of £250,000. They went on to win a spot in the Championship play-offs, with Anderson making 44 appearances, before appearing 38 times the following season, in another play-off campaign.
Anderson left Forest and joined Bristol City for a year, but then moved to Ipswich Town the following season, who held aspirations of returning to the Premier League.
In Anderson's second season, they set up a play-off semi-final clash with local rivals Norwich City, in which he scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw in the first leg.
He spent a season with Bradford in 2015/16 before making the Deadline Day switch to Northampton Town last September.
The 28-year-old scored seven goals in 38 appearances for the Cobblers as they secured a 16th-placed finish in their first season back in League One.
Speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net, Anderson said: "I said to my agent [previously] that if a League Two club had 'come in' for me, I probably wouldn't have even listened to the offer.
"But the way this club is trying to go, with the way the chairman is pushing things forward, it made me want to be a part of it.
"I'm hoping to be here for the long term as opposed to the short term and hopefully be a part of a good journey," he added.
The deal is subject to EFL ratification.
Paul Anderson tells Mark Stevenson on StagsPlayerHD:
"I believe on of my best possessions is in the hole, but it depends what the manager believes.
I don't know where the manager will want me to play, but I'm assuming I'm an out an out winger really. I prefer the left even though I'm right footed."
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Born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Anderson attended Brownlow County Primary School, then John Ferneley College and then King Edward School in Melton Mowbray. As a schoolboy he was attached to Leicester City but they declined to offer him a professional contract, believing he would never make the grade. After this setback Anderson then decided to join Hull City, the club his father Phil Anderson had played for. His performances for their academy team caught the eye of Liverpool who took him to Anfield on an extended trial.
BREAKING: Melton’s Paul Anderson joins Mansfield Town
meltontimes.co.uk, Tuesday 16 May 2017
Melton professional football Paul Anderson is to begin the latest chapter of his career at Mansfield Town. The 28-year-old winger left Northampton Town at the end of the 2016/17 season and signed for the Stags earlier today as one of three new signings unveiled by boss Steve Evans. The former John Ferneley School pupil played his junior football with Melton Foxes, but by the age of 17 had already joined Premier League giants Liverpool from Hull City. While on loan Anderson helped Swansea City under Roberto Martinez to the League One title in 2007/08 before Nottingham Forest snapped him up the following season on loan. He signed for Forest prior to the 2009/10 campaign for a fee of £250,000 and helped them reach the Championship play-offs in the next two seasons during which he made 72 appearances. Anderson left Forest and joined Bristol City for a year, and then moved to Ipswich Town, his third Championship club, the following season. In Anderson’s second season at Portman Road he fought another play-off campaign, but dropped to League One in 2015/16 wit Bradford City before making the Deadline Day switch to Northampton Town last September. The 28-year-old scored seven goals in 38 appearances for the Cobblers as they secured a 16th-placed finish in their first season back in League One.
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