Former Mansfield Town midfielder Willem Tomlinson joins non-league side

Former Blackburn Rovers youngster links up with Magpies...

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 11:41 am
Willem Tomlinson. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Willem Tomlinson. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Former Mansfield Town midfielder Willem Tomlinson has found a new club, signing for non-league Chorley.

The 22-year-old was expected to be part of the Mansfield Town squad this season, but had his contract terminated in September - following what former manager Graham Coughlan labelled 'misdemeanours'.

The former Blackburn Rovers youngster trialled with Accrington Stanley after being told he was free to leave One Call Stadium.

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But yesterday the Magpies, who play in the National League North following last season's relegation from non-league's top tier, announced they had persuaded him to move to Victory Park.

"Willem let himself down on a number of occasions, only once, I may add, with myself," Coughlan said in the days following Tomlinson's exit.

"He's obviously a player I liked and it did haunt me. I put my arm around him when I came through the door.

"That doesn't mean he's a bad player, because we let him go. He's a good player, he just needs to sort himself out.

"I felt he broke my trust. I felt he let himself, the changing room and the football club down."

Tomlinson made 33 appearances for the Stags and could make his Chorley debut against Hereford this afternoon.

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