Stags defender Martin Riley glad to be back on board

Martin Riley.
Martin Riley.

Central defender Martin Riley is relishing being back and part of Mansfield Town’s Football League return after 12 months away at Wrexham.

Riley made his first appearance on his second spell with the club in last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Exeter and said: “It is weird coming back here after being away for a year.

“I missed out on promotion, which I would have loved to have been involved in. But I did have a great season with Wrexham and managed to play at Wembley twice.

“I am pleased to be back. When I heard Mansfield were interested in me there was not really anywhere else I wanted to go.

“They are a great set of lads and the staff and fans are great.”

He added: “My pre-season was up and down as I picked up a couple of injuries. But It was nice to get into the side and keep a clean sheet last weekend, and I thought we looked pretty solid.

“I have played with John Dempster and Ritchie Sutton before which helped. And I did feel quite fit, though I was blowing a bit for the last 10 minutes.

“We know Wycombe will be a tough game – there are no easy games in League Two. But we are not afraid of anyone and fancy ourselves to beat anyone.”