Mansfield Town sign ex-Port Vale midfielder Roberts

MIDFIELDER Gary Roberts, who has played for England at Under 16, Under 17, Under 18 and Under 19 levels, has signed for Mansfield Town.

Stags boss Paul Cox has beaten away competition from a number of clubs to capture the signature of Roberts on a free transfer from Port Vale.

The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on an 18-month contract in a deal which will officially be processed on 1st January. However, he is eligible to play in the Stags’ New Year’s Day clash at BSBP promotion rivals York City.

Roberts began his career at Crewe Alexandra, where he made over 120 appearances, before making moves to Yeovil, Rotherham and Port Vale.

Cox told “I have kept an eye on Gary for some time, but never thought we would be able to bring a player of his quality to this level of football. Technically, he is a very gifted footballer.