BREAKING: Former Nottingham Forest striker Craig Westcarr becomes Mansfield Town’s ninth summer signing

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Mansfield Town have secured the services of experienced front man Craig Westcarr.

Westcarr has already featured for both Nottingham clubs - Forest and County - during his career and was most recently on the books of League Two rivals Portsmouth.

The 30-year-old is understood to have attracted interest from several other clubs but has agreed terms with Adam Murray’s Stags to become their ninth summer signing.

Murray said: “We’ve had to work very cleverly with this one, because obviously there’s been a lot of interest in Craig.

“He’s got a proven goalscoring record in League One and in this league and probably didn’t have the season that he wished last year due to opportunities.

“He’s somebody that we’re ‘over the moon’ to have in the building. He’s technically excellent, quick, strong, very intelligent and he knows where the back of the net is.”

Born in Nottingham, Westcarr began his career on the books of Nottingham Forest, where he featured on 26 occasions in all competitions for them.

He left the City Ground a decade ago and spent a season on the books of Cambridge United, then enjoyed a three-year spell at Kettering Town, during which he helped The Poppies to the Conference North title, before the club established themselves in the top flight of non-league football.

His displays brought admirers from a higher level and he moved to Notts County in June 2009. He was part of the League Two title winning team, scoring 11 goals in 50 appearances.

He joined Chesterfield in the summer of 2011 and enjoyed yet more success at the Proact Stadium by scoring in stoppage-time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final win over Swindon Town at Wembley.

Following a year-and-a-half with the Spireites, he moved to Walsall in January 2013, before arriving at Portsmouth last summer after bagging 22 goals in 72 appearances for Dean Smith’s men.