Stags boss Cox still hopeful of deals as Verma and Kelly return to Kettering

PAUL Cox is still hopeful Mansfield Town can sign Aman Verma and Marcus Kelly on a permanent basis – despite the duo going back to Kettering Town yesterday at the end of their loan spell instead of signing permanent deals as fans had expected.

Stags had intimated deals were done and the duo would sign on 2nd January, so it came as quite a shock to learn they had gone back to the Poppies, who have Mark Cooper installed as the new manager.

“We brought them here on loan with a view to a permanent signing,” said manager Cox. “Now we have to pay a fee for both and we are looking at finances.

“I am speaking to Kettering. I am keen on bringing them in and I hope within the next 24 hours to have a positive answer.

“Already this month I have signed Matt Green, Gary Roberts and Ben Hutchinson and finances will dictate.

“Football is a game that changes from week to week and players like Gary Roberts and Ben Hutchinson have become available.

“We have also got to have a look and see if we need anyone anywhere else in the squad and make sure the finances are available to bring them in.

“Also, there has been a change of manager at Kettering and he may feel he wants to keep the players. Both have done well for us, especially Aman who has been terrific.”

He added: “We are not a bad side at the moment. We are just missing one or two ingredients which I am looking for. But we may have to sacrifice one one or two to get them. This is a horrible, ruthless business. But I have to do whatever it takes to get this club back to where it should be.”