Fergus Bell says Mansfield Town in the perfect place to be

Fergus Bell - good second display against Notts.
Fergus Bell - good second display against Notts.

Midfielder Fergus Bell hopes he has finally found his footballing home at Mansfield Town.

Bell (23) recently joined Stags from AC Monza in a bid to kick-start his faltering career.

Fergus Bell is stopped in his tracks -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Fergus Bell is stopped in his tracks -Pic by: Richard Parkes

The London-born attacking midfielder made just 10 starts for the Italians last season.

He also played for Belgian sides KRC Mechelen and K.S.K Heist during the 2012/13 season, but made only 11 appearances.

But since joining Mansfield, Bell says he instantly felt right at home.

“I have fitted in well at the club so far, it is one of the nicest and friendliest groups of players that I have worked with,” he said.

“There is no groups or aggro in the dressing room, we are all in it together and get on really well. We’re all looking forward to the season.

“It’s rare to have such a good team spirit this early on in a pre-season. You have to give credit to the back-room team for excellent man-management.

“I played with Alex Fisher at Monza. We have an understanding on the pitch and are good friends off it.”

But for Bell, it was the professionalism of boss Paul Cox and the passion of the Mansfield faithful that proved too hard to turn down.

“From the moment I joined the club the boss has had a vision of how he wants to play and has found the players to fit that system, rather than a system to fit the players we have.

“He has been really welcoming and shown a lot of faith in me and my ability. He is a manager that I can learn a lot from.

“When I heard Mansfield were interested I spoke to other players and they said it was a great club to join.

“The boss offers really in-depth analysis of each player and the team, the sort of analysis you don’t really get elsewhere at our level of football.

“He is doing a great job for this club and joining was a ‘no-brainer’ for me.

“The fans have been great, it is very unique to England. There is nothing like England to get the fans out in numbers, even in pre-season games they come in their droves.

“The Mansfield fans have been noisy and passionate and that is one of the main reasons I came to Mansfield Town.

“At Monza we were playing in a 25,000 capacity stadium in front of 2,3-000 fans and it all felt rather dead.

“We have been getting more than that at Mansfield for pre-season games and that makes a massive difference for me.”