Krystian Pearce one of three candidates as Mansfield Town chase new defender

Mansfield trialist Krystian Pearce - Pic By James Williamson
Mansfield trialist Krystian Pearce - Pic By James Williamson

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is on the verge of bringing in another centre half and, although former Notts County defender Krystian Pearce in currently in on trial, he is said to be among three candidates to strengthen the squad.

Murray has brought 12 new faces in so far – the joint busiest club in the country with neighbours Notts County – but admits another centre half is on his shopping list.

“I think that’s the one area we need to strengthen,” he said. “All over the pitch we’ve got reasonable numbers for competition.

“It’s not a big squad, which is what I wanted. During my chats with the board we agreed it was important we had a tight-knit group.

“But this is one area we are still looking to strengthen in. There are probably three we are looking at.

“Krystian played on Saturday, but he hasn’t trained all summer. He has been training on his own and I know myself it’s tough. He is not up to speed and is probably seven days behind in work to the other boys.

“But I was really pleased with the 45 minutes he put in last weekend. I think people locally know what he is about. He was flying at Notts County and I think they out-priced him with a move to the Championship.”