Cox to cast eye over trialists at Chester

Mansfield Town FC v Liverpool, FA Cup 3rd Round.  Pictured is manager Paul Cox.
Mansfield Town FC v Liverpool, FA Cup 3rd Round. Pictured is manager Paul Cox.
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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox will run the rule over several trialists in tomorrow night’s latest pre-season friendly at Chester FC (7.30pm).

Cox, who is hoping to tie up the signing of a League One striker in time for the visit of Peterborough United on Wednesday, expects up to put as many as five trialists though their paces at the Exacta Stadium.

“My phone is going barmy at the moment,” he said. “There could be four or five trialists in the side tomorrow to have a look at, along with players who need to top up their fitness or who have missed out with knocks.

“I apologise to any fans travelling to Chester expecting to see a full first team but I need to have a look at these players and I have to make sure we have a strong side out at home on Wednesday too.

“The trialists have all got good pedigree and all have Football League experience.”

Former Stags winger Nathan Arnold will get another chance to try to win a return to the club at Chester, Cox adding: “I need to make an honest decision on Nathan. But his attitude and everything about him have been excellent since he has been with us and he has done extremely well.”

Keiran Murtagh and Junior Daniel are two of the players who have picked up what the manager described as ‘tired knocks’ through fatigue from the pre-season training but are expected to figure at Chester.

Cox revealed on Saturday that he had had a bid accepted for a striker from a League One club.

“The bid has been accepted and now I am just waiting to talk personal terms with the player,” he said this morning. “That could be in the next 24 hours. If terms are agreed, the deal will go through and he could be here as quickly as Wednesday for Peterborough.

“But I have been in the game long enough now to know nothing is confirmed until the player has signed and it is registered with the FA.

“The player is in the Matt Green mould, very powerful and leads the line well. He scored a few goals in League One last season too. I hope we can get the boy on board.”