Stags boss explains Parker exit - and says Medley may also leave

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MANSFIELD Town boss Duncan Russell has revealed why he allowed Keigan Parker to join play off rivals Fleetwood on Friday - and why fellow striker Luke Medley was left out of the squad for the 2-2 draw at Barrow on Saturday.

Russell was keen to put the record straight on the two after the Stags gutsy fightback from two goals down to claim a point.

He explained that he had to let an unsettled Parker move north as he was pining for his family and Medley was out the picture due to ill discipline and may also leave the club.

“Keigan Parker came to me about two and a half months ago and said he wanted to move further north to be nearer his family and see more of his child,” said Russell.

“At the time I persuaded him to stay as I wanted him here which was a greedy reason. Keigan is a terrific talent waiting to burst and happen.

“He then came to see me again and again I managed to persuade him to stay.

“But in the last couple of weeks he has really been pining to get back up north and he said his head wasn’t right during games and he didn’t think he was giving us his best as his mind was elsewhere.

“I had to do the right thing for Keigan Parker and for Mansfield Town. He was one of our best paid players so it was important Fleetwood were happy to take over his contract fully.

“Luke Medley wants to go out on loan and we will have to see if there are any official approaches.

“He is not training hard enough and he has upset other players. You are trying to do things but you have a young man bucking the trend.

“I have to be fair to everyone and Luke won’t feature unless he changes his professional attitude and opinions.

“What the crowd don’t see is Luke from Monday to Friday.”

But Russell won’t leave his striker cupboard bare and wants to keep Stoke loanee Louis Moult for the rest of the season as well as putting other irons in the fire.

He said: “We want to keep Louis Moult here and I am working on that. I also want to bring in another striker.”