Stags eye up ex-Notts County pair Liam Mitchell and Hamza Bensherif

Doncaster's Reserves' trailist battles with Mansfield's Reserves' keeper Liam Mitchell. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster's Reserves' trailist battles with Mansfield's Reserves' keeper Liam Mitchell. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Mansfield Town are hoping to bring in former loanee and ex-Notts County goalkeeper Liam Mitchell this week.

They are also running the rule over Mitchell’s former Magpies team mate Hamza Bencherif (25) who, along with Mitchell, was released from Meadow Lane in the summer.

Mitchell (20) impressed during a spell on loan at Mansfield just under a year ago and could be the perfect replacement for back-up keeper Ian Deakin, who dislocated his shoulder during the warm-up before the Exeter City game last weekend.

“Ian Deakin is going to be out for a fair bit now so we are looking for someone to push Alan Marriott,” said manager Paul Cox.

“Liam did very well last time he was here. He didn’t put a foot wrong to be fair and was unlucky in the summer not to be picked up by a club.

“I will sit down with him today after training and see what we can do.

“I do have some young keepers here but I don’t want to push them too far too early as that may send them the wrong way.”

On Deakin’s injury, he added: “Some of the forwards stayed out to fire a few balls at him on Saturday and he just fell awkwardly. Like Alan Marriott last season, it looked innocuous but you can’t turn your nose up at these injuries. It is a really nasty injury and I hope he gets well quickly. In the meantime we need another keeper.”

Algerian midfielder Bencherif has also come in on trial with manager Paul Cox keen to make sure he has what he needs in the club before the transfer window deadline at the end of the month.

He has already taken a look at Leon McSweeney and Eddy Gnahore as possible midfield back-up but has opted not to go for either of them.

“I can’t stand still here – we are not in a position where we have won three games,” said Cox.

“Every manager will be exactly the same with the window closing.

“We will have a good look at Ben. He knows this level of football well and I thought he was excellent at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander. He has just got lost a bit at Notts County, but still has a pedigree at this level.”