Stags star Naylor to face Manchester United reserves on trial tonight

TOM Naylor will line-up for Fulham Reserves against Manchester United reserves tonight as the Stags youngster begins his week-long trial at Craven Cottage.

The in-demand defender has just returned from a week’s trial at Championship neighbours Derby County and Mansfield manager Paul Cox said: “We all wish him the best.

“He just has to forget about who he is up against tonight and enjoy it.

“If he doesn’t earn a move it won’t be the end of the world. Sometimes these trials are a game of chance and if you don’t do well you miss out.

“But he is a lovely lad and deserves success. I know Nigel Clough was very impressed with him last week. But there are now a hell of a lot of other clubs waiting and keeping their eyes on the situation.

“Other clubs have seen him having trails at Premiership and Championship clubs and they are not stupid.

“But until we get a bid that matches our valuation Tom is going nowhere.”

Centre half Nick Wood’s one-month deal has expired and Cox will this week speak with chairman John Radford and the player about extending it.

Although Naylor could be moving on, competition is becoming increasingly fierce for the centre back slots with Ben Futcher and Richie Sutton entrenched in there at the moment, Martin Riley returning to the squad this week, Rhys Day expected to play in a behind closed doors friendly this week and hopes high that John Thomson could start some light training next week.

Futcher has expressed a desire to extend his loan from Bury whose boss, ex-Stags star Richie Barker, has given his blessing.

That is another matter Cox will speak to John Radford about and Wood may ultimately feel his future lays elsewhere looking at the pecking order.