COX ON THE HUNT FOR NEW BLOOD
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.”
PLANNING: Paul Cox