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STAGS SIGN SWEENEY ON PERMANENT DEAL
4th February 2019 11:19


Stags sign Sweeney on permanent deal
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 29 Jan 2019, 6.30pm

We are delighted to announce that defender Ryan Sweeney has signed for the Stags on a free transfer from Stoke City.

The 21-year-old centre-back has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Stags, after spending this season on loan at One Call Stadium from the Potters.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2019/january/stags-sign-sweeney-on-permanent-deal/

Sweeney has made 31 appearances for Mansfield this term, and is a key member of the back-line with the best defensive record in Sky Bet League Two.

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Central defender makes permanent move
https://www.stokecityfc.com/news/sweeney-seals-stags-switch

RYAN SWEENEY has joined League Two high fliers Mansfield Town on a free transfer after a successful loan spell at the One Call Stadium.

The 21-year-old central defender has made 31 league and cup appearances this season for David Flitcroft’s side who are currently second in the table.

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Ryan Sweeney has found a home at Mansfield Town says boss David Flitcroft
chad.co.uk, Tues 29 Jan 2019

Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft said Irish U21 international defender Ryan Sweeney had ‘found a home’ with the club after agreeing a free transfer from Stoke City.

He also vowed to improve the youngster, who has impressed so much already. With six loan players on the books and only able to field five, Stags moved to take Sweeney permanently and were very happy to last night secure a free transfer with a sell-on clause.

“I was delighted to secure him on a permanent,” said Flitcroft.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/ryan-sweeney-has-found-a-home-at-mansfield-town-says-boss-david-flitcroft-1-9565039

“Greg (Abbott, football operations manager) has worked really hard getting it over the line and the chairman has supported us in that.

“Stoke have been brilliant. Ryan’s agent has been good as well. “There is a sell-on fee clause, but to pull off a free transfer is absolute credit to Stoke and the way they’ve handled it.

“I think they felt it was the right football club for him to come to and the right management staff to work with. “He’s found a home here, a million per cent. The lads love him in the dressing room.”

Flitcroft said of Sweeney’s attributes: “He is a leader. He is 6ft 5ins, left-footed and really balances that side off. I think he’s had a really good season - he’s been excellent.

“I wanted to reduce the age of the squad from when I took over - that was something we outlined from day one. “Probably after the first month I knew I wanted to work with him and improve him.

“We’ve established some assets in our team and I see Ryan as an asset to the football club, as is Matty Preston.

“It shows progress. He’s a young, good asset for the football club. “It’s up to me now to keep developing him and making him better. But he is a good student and loves training.”

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Sweeney spells out delight after permanent move
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 29 Jan 2019

Defender Ryan Sweeney revealed he was ‘buzzing’ to have made the permanent switch to Mansfield Town following his side’s enthralling 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers.

Prior to kick-off at The New Lawn, where the Stags earned a deserved point, Sweeney cemented his place in the Mansfield ranks via a permanent move from Stoke City.

After 23 appearances and a solitary goal against Stevenage, the commanding centre-half has slotted into the back-three with ease.

And Sweeney, who has chalked up 12 clean sheets this season, disclosed his delight at signing a two-and-a-half year deal under David Flitcroft’s stewardship.

“The gaffer put it to me last month and I was really interested,” he said.

https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2019/january/sweeney-post-forest-green/

“Working with him and Futch day in, day out I feel as though I’m improving, especially in the way he has us set up.

“We’re solid at the back and it’s something I was really, really excited about and I was buzzing when it was done today.

“I think it’s all down to the environment the gaffer has us in. I’ve said before it’s an easy side to come into - everyone knows their roles and responsibilities - so it’s one of them where I try to give 100 percent every game.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time - and I’m really excited about the prospect of the next two-and-a-half years here.”

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Ryan Sweeney ‘excited’ to make Mansfield Town move permanent
chad.co.uk, Tues 29 Jan 2019

Irish U21 international defender Ryan Sweeney said he was excited to commit himself to Mansfield Town Football Club for the next two and a half years. Sweeney made his loan move from Stoke City permanent yesterday and said he had really enjoyed working under David Flitcroft and Ben Futcher and had also settled nicely into the area.

The 21-year-old has already helped keep 12 clean sheets in his 23 appearances and on making the loan permanent, he said: “The gaffer put it to me the back end of last month and I was really interested. “Working with him and Futch day in, day out I feel as though I’m improving, especially in the way he has us set up.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/ryan-sweeney-excited-to-make-mansfield-town-move-permanent-1-9565043

“We’re solid at the back so it’s something I was really, really excited about and I was buzzing when it was done today. “I think it’s all down to the environment the gaffer has us in.

“I’ve said before it’s an easy side to come into - everyone knows their roles and responsibilities on the pitch - so it’s one of them where I try to give 100 percent every game.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time - and I’m really excited about the prospect of the next two-and-a-half years here.”

He continued: “When I came in I knew the gaffer has assembled a really good side to challenge at the right end of the table. We are sitting in a good position and we’ve set it up nicely for the back end of the season. “You always want more and want to keep pushing and striving to be the best you can.

“Another thing that attracted me to the football club was that I have settled in really well in the area. I am delighted to be here. I’ve really enjoyed my time under this management.”

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