CONOR Higginson is back with Stags today after a successful loan spell at Glapwell, knowing he has a great chance of making the first team.
But there will be no fairytale ending to the season for the local lad at Wembley as he is already cup-tied, having played for Glapwell in the competition this season.
The 19-year-old, with one Stags first team game under his belt from two seasons back, has fired in 24 goals in 34 games for Glapwell in his second loan spell there and, with Stags short on strikers, said: “I know I have a chance of getting a game and scoring for Mansfield would be a dream come true.
“I was pulling my hair out on Tuesday as we only had three subs at Crawley and I could have gone there and maybe made a difference. But I have had to bide my time and today, 31st March, is the date I can return and be available.
“I am out of contract in the summer and now need to show I am good enough to stay at this level.
“I know Duncan Russell is good with giving young players a chance. There was more pressure with David Holdsworth and you were almost scared to play.
“He wanted me to grow up and become more physical and that was the sort of player he liked.
“The new manager creates a relaxed environment and I have worked on my diet and strength and feel I am ready.
“It is a bit heart wrenching to know I can’t play at Wembley. But hopefully I will travel down with the squad and enjoy the Wembley experience. If I am lucky they might let me go out on the pitch for the warm-up.”