VIDEO: Mansfield Town to launch new U21 team

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Mansfield Town are set to launch a new U21s team will compete in the Final Third Development League next season.

The Stags are now recruiting players of a high-standard for the U21s as part of their plans to further develop the club.

Budding applicants should apply to the club’s head of recruitment, Scott Rickards, via e-mail: academy@mansfieldtown.net

Manager Adam Murray said: “It’s a massive thing for this football club [to have an U21s side]. The youth team are flying and we have some excellent young kids, but the gap between the youth team and the first team is massive.

“We’ve had a couple of real good boys with us [in the first team squad] this season; the likes of Cain Smith, Zayn Hakeem and Tom Marriott, but the step is huge [to the senior side].

“Having the U21s will allow us to keep some of the U18s for an extra year or two and give them an education as well.

“They’ll be entered into a reserve league and it’s a major step for our club, there won’t be many others [clubs] at our level doing this.”

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