GIANT striker Matt Rhead will be Mansfield Town’s first part-time player of the modern era.
Rhead (27), manager Paul Cox’s former Eastwood Town hit man, signed from Corby Town this week but, as the deal is only until the summer, Rhead cannot afford to give up his day job.
However, that may change in the summer is he proves a hit at this level.
Said Cox: “Like a lot of players at this level he has a good job which brings him money in. If he does well we will sit down in the summer to see if we can sort something full time that will mean he doesn’t lose out.
“Rheady will train with us once a week and will train twice a week elsewhere, probably at Eastwood where he knows them and they know exactly what Matt Rhead needs. So he is only missing out on one session really.”
A burly giant of a striker, turning quickly and racing down the channels are not on the agenda, but Rhead is described as almost unplayable when he holds the ball up and his record of 12 goals in 14 games at Eastwood and then 13 goals in 24 games at Corby suggests he knows where the net is too.
“He is going to bring qualities we have not got at the club at the moment,” said Cox. “With hindsight I wish I had gone with my sixth sense and brought him here with me in the summer.
“I watched him against Kidderminster and he was absolutely immense. I think he can bring the best out of Matt Green.
“He is a player that can come on and upset people. You only have to look at the sheer size of him to understand that. He is 6ft 4ins high and about the same wide as well!
“But he is not just a big target man. If you put the ball into the right areas he will score goals too – even at this level. He is also very articulate with the ball – I have heard him described as the non-League Mark Hughes and technically gifted.