Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox raids transfer market for Luton Town duo George Pilkington and Godfrey Poku

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STAGS’ boss Paul Cox has made a double swoop in the transfer market by snapping up experienced centre-half George Pilkington and promising central midfielder Godfrey Poku.

Ex-Everton trainee Pilkington (right) was a regular at the heart of the Luton Town’s defence for the past three seasons and won numerous awards in his time at the Bedfordshire club

Prior to his stint at Kenilworth Road, the-30-year-old made over 250 Football League appearances for Port Vale between 2003 to 2008.

After putting pen to paper with the Stags, Pilkington said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to come to a club who finished strongly in the league last season and were unfortunate not to go all the way [and gain promotion].

“After speaking to the manager [Paul Cox] it felt like I had known him for years and I believed in everything which he had to say.

“I believe this is a club which is going places. There will be a number of clubs up there challenging next season, including us, I’m sure.

21-year-old midfielder Poku came to life last season whilst on loan at Southport, where the midfielder played an integral role in the Sandgrounders’ impressive 7th placed finish in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Formerly with St Albans City, Poku joined Luton in January 2010 before enjoying a six month loan move to Southport last summer.

Because the player is under 24 years of age, the Stags are currently in negotiations with Poku’s former club Luton Town regarding a fee for the player.

On the pair’s signing, manager Paul Cox said: “I was impressed by Poku on every occasion which I saw him play for Southport last season. He will add strength and physicality to our midfield. I believe he will play in the Football League in the future.

“Pilks’ signing is a major coup for the club. He has been one of the better centre halves in the conference/League Two in the past few seasons and will add experience, leadership and a strong presence to our defence.”

The contracts of both Pilkington and Poku will commence on 1st July.