The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Hodg­son

MANS­FIELD man­ager Paul Cox claims his side will be one step ahead of the pack this sum­mer as he tries to build a squad ca­pa­ble of win­ning pro­mo­tion next sea­son.

With the Stags clear from dan­ger Cox has al­ready turned his mind to next term and has run the rule over the club’s young play­ers, like de­fend­ers Kyle Hemp­shall and Jack Koczal­ski, at re­serve level.

Cox is also look­ing to make five new sign­ings and to that end he has be­gun is­su­ing in­vites to tri­al­ists in the hope he can make his choices be­fore se­ri­ous prepa­ra­tions be­gin for next sea­son.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of play­ers out of work in the sum­mer,” Cox said.

“We don’t want to be over­loaded with tri­al­ists in pre-sea­son. We want to get a nice nu­cleus but not rush into it this year. I want to take my time and be a lit­tle bit more thought­ful on play­ers.

“We want a few more games, es­pe­cially be­hind closed doors ones, so we can have a look at play­ers who have been told they’re be­ing re­leased by other clubs.

“And it’s a chance to get some of the younger play­ers – the 16-year-olds, first year pros who are go­ing to come in next year as ap­pren­tices – a good run out against good op­po­si­tion. It’s just so we can gauge where they are at.”


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