I’d like to stay at Stags, says on loan defender Futcher

Giant on-loan central defender Ben Futcher again starred at the back in Mansfield’s Town 2-0 away win at Darlington on Saturday and hinted he would love to stay at Field Mill when his spell ends on a fortnight.

“I am still a Bury player now but I would like to get something sorted,” he said after helping the Stags to a third consecutive victory and their first run of three straight clean sheets since the first three matches of the David Holdsworth era.

“I have had a word with the gaffer and would love to stay. I like being here and playing games and I am getting fitter. I still have a couple of weeks here and hope to sort it by then.”

He added: “Any away win is a great win and Darlington are a really tough side to beat.

“We got a two goal lead early on but didn’t expect an easy ride. They had nothing to lose so we knew they would come at us.

“But we defended well right from the front two back to Mazza (keeper Alan Marriott). Everyone put a right shift in again and we are starting to see the results.

“Success breeds confidence and we have a very strong quad and everyone fighting for a shirt.”