Mansfield Town sign former Notts County defender Sam Craven

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STAGS’ boss Paul Cox has signed former Notts County defender Sam Craven until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who spent seven years at Meadow Lane, puts pen to paper with the Stags following a successful trial.

Craven left Nottingham at 18 years old, and went on to play for FC New York in the USL Professional Division.

After signing on the dotted line, he told the club’s official website, www.mansfieldtown.net: “I’m really happy to be here. To be back in English football and so close to home is ‘quality’.

“I’ve been away (from England) for five years, and to return to a club like this is brilliant.

“There’s more bite and aggression in the game over here, and that suits me,” he added.