Stags star Matt Green on trial at Birmingham City, and Luke Jones may join League One club

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Mansfield Town are still hoping they can keep hold of goal ace Matt Green, even though the striker is now on trial with Championship giants Birmingham City.

But it is looking increasingly likely that centre half Luke Jones could be on his way out of the newly-promoted Stags.

Both Green and Jones have been offered new contracts after outstanding seasons to help Stags win the BSBP and move up into League Two.

But manager Paul Cox said today: “I don’t know if we will be able to keep either of them and I am planning for worst case scenario as always so we don’t get left short.

“It is looking like Luke will probably sign for a League One club. He is being upfront and honest and it is a great opportunity for the lad.

“Matt Green has been in trial at Birmingham for a week or so, but nothing has happened there for him yet so we are still hopeful.

“I am sure his agent will tell him to keep his options open anyway and I am sure that both Matt and Luke will be coveted by a number of clubs.

“We can’t stand still. We have to move on. I would love to work with Matt next season – I love the kid to bits. But he has a family to look after and I am sure he will give his decision a lot of thought.”

Cox added: “I have spoken to about 10 strikers already and there are already some interesting ones. It is about finding the right one for us.

“If Matt Green leaves then I have to find another Matt Green. There are plenty of players with potential. Remember when he joined us he was playing right wing for Oxford reserves.

“We worked with him, tried to structure him mentally and in technique and, if he does go to a bigger club, we are pleased we have had a say in it.”

Cox is hopeful he can make his first summer signing this week. He has also offered short term professional contracts to three youth team players, right back Liam Marsden and central defenders Jason Gregory and Ben Birch.