Exciting new Stags quintet settled in ahead of likely home debuts tonight

Mansfield Town boss David Flitcroft said his quintet of summer signings had quickly settled in ahead of likely home debuts for all in tonight's friendly with Derby County (7.30).

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 4:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 4:37 pm
Three of Stags' new signings - Tyler Walker, Craig Davies and Otis Khan

Otis Khan, Tyler Walker, Craig Davies, Matt Preston and Neil Bishop enjoyed last week’s Portugal training camp and Flitcroft said: “They have settled in really well, but it is an easy squad to fit into.

“It is relaxed and a squad that is a similar age group who are into similar things.

“I’ve watched it grow in Portugal and there’s nothing better than when you make a signing and then he has that opportunity to spend 24/7 with the others – that was vital.”

On the individual players, he added: “Otis is just getting better and better. “His fitness is coming on - his body strength. He was a pocket rocket before we signed him but I am going to make him into an absolute machine.

“Craig Davies has that personality to lead a line and he enjoys that responsibility.

“Tyler Walker is pure quality. At times he has found it hard. Some days he has really got to the level, on other days he has looked tired and been finding himself.

“It’s been brilliant watching him dig in and keep fighting to make the sessions – he’s not missed one yet.

“Matty Preston just looks a different level. I have been so impressed with him and how he’s come in and structured the back line.

“Neil Bishop goes about his work quietly and honestly, he just impresses me every day with how he is as a professional.

“We knew when we signed him that to get to that age and play as many games as he has done, you’ve got to be incredibly professional.

“When you actually see it day to day you understand exactly where he’s at.”