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30th June 2017 22:21

Matt Green Signs Two-Year Contract
redimps.co.uk, 26th June 2017
by Jordan Brown

We are delighted to announce our first signing back in the EFL with striker Matt Green joining on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old joins following the conclusion of his contract at Mansfield Town this summer having scored 82 goals in two spells with the club.

Matt scored 29 league goals as Mansfield won the National League in 2012, and another 25 goals in their first season in the EFL saw him move to the Championship with Birmingham City.

A two-year spell in the West Midlands saw the former Bristol City trainee move back to Mansfield where he scored another 29 goals in his last two seasons.

Imps' boss Danny Cowley is over the moon to welcome Green to Sincil Bank.

"We’re delighted to be able to sign Matt. It’s one we’ve been working really hard on behind the scenes to get over the line," said the National League Manager of the Year.

"We did really well to score 109 goals as a club last season, with our top scorer getting 14, so to be able to add Matt to that is massive."

Matt's style of play also attracted Danny to bring in the frontman who had generated interest from a number of EFL clubs.

"Technically he’s a really good footballer," he added. "The fact he's already played with Matt Rhead and did so well together is good for us all.

"He can play up front in a pair of play or his own so he gives a bit of flexibility and versatility. He’s exactly the type of player we want to bring to the club."

Matt, who also played for Cardiff City, Darlington, Oxford United, Torquay United an Cheltenham Town before first linking up with Mansfield, joins Danny Cowley’s squad in time for the beginning of pre-season.

Read more at http://www.redimps.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/matt-green-signs-two-year-contract-3732043.aspx#FDct7001sV05CJEb.99


'It screams opportunities' - Matt Green says he can flourish at Lincoln City
Rhead played a key role in decision to join City

Matt Green believes Lincoln City and former club Mansfield Town could be tussling for League Two promotion this season.

Green was released by Stags boss Steve Evans at the end of last season, becoming one of the most in-demand free agents in the lower leagues.


The 30-year-old scored 86 goals for Mansfield over two spells but fell out of favour with Evans, who beat the Imps to signing of Lee Angol earlier this summer.

Green is now looking to kick-start his career with the Imps and is already mightily impressed with Danny Cowley’s squad and the club in general.

“I had plenty of interest from most of the leagues in England,” he said. “I came to Lincoln City because I really think a lot of the club and I want to be part of it.

“The managers seem to be spot on and already I can see why they’ve had the success they’ve had.

The former Birmingham City forward says City can challenge the Stags, who have been installed as the bookies’ favourite for title. The Imps are 2/1 fourth favourites to take the crown with league sponsors Sky Bet.

“I’m sure they [Mansfield] will be up there. They have got a good squad and the manager demands a lot,” said Green.

“But every team prepares for the season looking to get promoted.

“There’s nothing to fear in League Two, particularly after the way we won the National League last season.

“There’s a step up in organisation. There’s a lot of video analysis with the Football League, so you can watch the team that you’re playing from very close quarters.

“But there’s no huge difference. There’s only one language in football and as long as everyone is speaking the same one, you’ll be fine.”

Green is relishing being reunited with Matt Rhead, whom he played with at Field Mill, and is convinced he’ll get chances.

“I spoke to the big man [Rhead] and he was a major reason for me coming to the club,” he added.

“There aren’t many players at this level who can contain him so I know he’s going to occupy defences.

“There’s Ollie Palmer who’s got League experience as well. There are some top players here who would thrive in this league.

“It’s really exciting for me because I’m in the best shape and form I can be in.

“The thought of playing up front with some of the players the gaffer has got here and brought in excites me because it screams opportunities.”


Steve Evans wishes Matt Green all the best after move to Lincoln City
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, 27 June 2017

Steve Evans has wished Mansfield Town goalscoring Matt Green all the best for his new career at League Two rivals Lincoln City after releasing him in the summer.

The Imps now have six ex-Stags signed up and another, James Baxendale, on trial.

“Danny Cowley has phoned me trying to buy one of ours but we didn’t agree a fee,” said Evans after being asked if he had four more players available to make up a full XI ex-Stags at Sincil Bank.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/steve-evans-wishes-matt-green-all-the-best-after-move-to-lincoln-city-1-8623681

“But I can’t say a bad word about Matt Green. He has scored goals for this football club. He helped get the club out of the Conference and back up into the League.

“We just wanted a different type of player on and off the pitch.

“But he really is such a nice kid when you sit down and talk to him and certainly all bar our games we wish him every success. I am sure Matt will want Mansfield Town to do well too.”


Coventry City miss out on Mansfield striker who opts to join Lincoln City instead

Coventry City have been beaten to the signature of experienced striker Matt Green by League Two new comers Lincoln City.

The 30-year-old became the Imps’ first summer signing this week when he moved on a free transfer from big spending Mansfield Town who have snapped up 12 new signings to date, with more new recruits planned.


The Telegraph understands that the Sky Blues had expressed an interest in Green, who hit 29 goals for the Stags over the last two seasons, but the player opted to hook up with his former strike partner and target man Matt Rhead.

A source close to the player said: “He had an offer from Coventry but decided to go to Lincoln.”

When asked about the opportunity to link up with Rhead again, Green told Lincolnshire Live: “I spoke to Rheady and he was the major reason for me coming to the club.

“He’s a big strong boy and when he throws his weight around there aren’t that many men, especially at this level, who can contain him.”

Green has signed a two-year deal at Sincil Bank and his arrival was quickly followed by another big centre-forward, 6ft 5 inch tall Ollie Palmer who has joined from Luton Town.

City boss Mark Robins has, however, signed Sutton United target man Max Biamou for an undisclosed fee this week, the Frenchman becoming City's eighth summer signing.



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