Trio ready for League Two campaign
Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft, along with shot stopper Conrad Logan and defender Matt Preston say they’re ready for the new League Two season to get underway, when the Stags play host to Newport County on Saturday, 3pm.
Keeper Logan is now entering his second season for the Stags and after establishing himself as the first choice shot stopper, is keen to keep a regular starting place going into the new campaign
Speaking to iFollow, he said “You’re like a kid at Christmas again, it’s excitement, it’s back to work and back to getting three points. I want to improve on last year personally and as a team if I’m being honest – I had a pretty decent season, I think personally, but I can always get better I’m under no illusions about that.
“The boys have worked a lot of fitness we [the goalkeepers, Logan and Bobby Oljenik] will do different things we’ll do some bits with the team and some bits with the goalkeeping coaches which is different types of fitness – everyone’s embraced it [the fitness] this year, it’s been tough, but fair - there’s been a structure to it and the lads are reaping the rewards to that”
The Stags were beaten just once in pre-season, in their opening friendly during the Portugal training camp, as boss David Flitcroft has implemented a new system playing with three central defenders.
They include Matt Preston who joined from Flitcroft’s previous club Swindon – the 23 year old said the side aren’t getting carried away, despite beating three championship sides on home soil
“There’s a different competitiveness [between pre-season and the league] there’s a different mind-set to it because the League is where it matters. Pre-season is a friendly even though we’ve tried to make it as realistic as we can, you can’t replicate what pressures come with the league – we’ll find out at the weekend if we can take what we’ve been doing in pre-season into the league.
“I feel like we are a very, very strong team, I feel like we are an ambitious team and we want to do the best that we can. Everyone here believes that we can do well – it’s just a matter of showing everyone.”
For boss David Flitcroft it’s been a busy summer with the arrival of five new signings, however apart from the addition of Preston, the Stags boss is still short of a central defender after the trial of Nathan Cameron was ended due to an injury problem for the former Bury captain.
Flitcroft said “We moved on a couple of players, the difficulty is at the start of the pre-season window because a lot of the younger players are going [to train] with the Premiership and Championship squads and then with a week or so to go, it really loosens off – they start looking at the squad size and that’s probably the opportunity that presents itself now to get someone in on loan”
“We’ve had a look at a couple of permanent options but they’ve just not been right in terms of finance, so we’ll look to dip into the loan market on that one”
The Stags kick-off their League Two season at home to Newport County on Saturday, at 3pm