James Baxendale has joined Mansfield Town on a month’s loan from Walsall - with a view to a permanent move, state Stags.
Versatile Baxendale, 23, a product of the Leeds United academy, will remain at the One Call Stadium until February 6. He will be eligible to play in club’s home game against Morecambe on that date.
He started his professional career at hometown club Doncaster Rovers in 2011 and went on to have loan spells at Buxton and Hereford United before Walsall snapped him up in 2012.
He has made more than 10 appearances in League One and Stags boss Adam Murray was “very happy” to have Baxendale on board in time for Saturday’s home match against Stevenage.
Murray said: “He will add quality and guile to our attacking third and we believe he will give us that cutting edge, with a final pass and end product, which we have been missing in recent weeks.
“He will complement the attacking players which we already have and is a good string to our bow.
“James hasn’t played a lot of football over the last 12 months, this being mainly due to Walsall (his parent club) having one of the best ‘number 10s’ in Romaine Sawyers. However, James’ pedigree and reputation is highly regarded.
“With already in excess of 100 games amassed in League One, his experience and quality will be vital to our second half of the season.”